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Questions about my Dahlia tubers!

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 00:15

At this time of the month they should be about 6 to 8" inches tall,and nice and bushy,  ready to go out at the end of the month. By then they will be thick and strong enough to survive a bit of slug chewing if you don't want to use pellets.

if you do, you only need to put down about four pellets. Hedgehogs don't like slugs anyway, and nothing will eat a dead one.

If you've left dahlias in the ground, they will only just, if at all starting to shoot now. Well, mine are hardly showing yet.

Unusual boundary

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:09

You could put some posts in and screw trellis to it, then plant some climbers, if they ever need to do any work on it, all you have to do is unscrew the panels and lean them carefully forward.

Sunflower growth and transplantation advice!

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:55

Top marks for enthusiasm, but I don't think you can expect a huge plant with a long  taproot to grow in about two inches of compost, the plant and root will be weak, I would try and tip them out into your hand without disturbing the roots and put the whole lot , plant and compost, in a bigger, deeper pot, dropping the plant well down before covering with the new compost.

Plant out when it's much warmer at nights, and they have grown into big sturdy plants. 

The slugs will have them as well, so watch out for that.

Questions about my Dahlia tubers!

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:44

In your picture on the newspaper, where you see the tubers all hanging from a central point, that is the top, you should see a little bit of stalk at the top. This goes just below the compost level, it will only shoot out from around there, it's no good planting just a bulbous bit, it won't grow.

so you can now see why you need a fairly big  pot, because those tubers should hang downwards, they need to be covered in compost. Those thin fibre type  threads are the roots, so these go downwards.

dont plant them out until they have grown into big plants, which should be around the end of May, they stand a better chance of not getting slug chewed. I have never used copper tape, but do use a very few slug pellets when first planted out.


Hi. My name is Dawn. I have Dwarf Dahlia seedlings

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 18:28

Pot them on, keep them inside, at least for the nights, then when they are about six/eight inches tall, plant them out,that should be about the end of May.

plant out at about two feet apart.

Weed identification please

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 09:49

If you dig down about 9" all around the fences and boundaries and lay plastic sheets, old compost bags will do, the roots won't get through, I did this in some places in my garden about five years ago and it's still not spread. its fairly shallow rooted.

i have dug it out from everywhere else, long job but on top of it now,  almost.


New plants by division

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 09:43

I am quite like Nut, I divide any plants  whenever I want too. They always take ok, as long as they don't dry out in the summer months.

A way to attract slugs

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 09:34

That looks more like a rat attracter to me! 

I have yet to find a bird that will eat slugs, I collected loads up once, put on the bird feeder slab, they never touched them.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 00:26



I've only got daffs, prims and a half scarified  lawn at the moment. 



Posted: 01/05/2016 at 23:53

I used to go about once a month, got in free, but haven't been since last summer,neither one thing and another. 

I haven't seen an email about the Hellebore week, either I've  missed it or they didn't do it this year.


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