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Large dahlia advice wanted for first time grower

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 17:01

Hi , you dont have to do anything special for dahlias,  unless they are show plants . I planted one of my larger dahlias quite a bit ago now, its got one flower on and it looks great. I haven't done a thing, just planted it in the ground with some multi -compost and its off. I feed it yesterday with a high potash feed but only cause i was feeding the delphinium next to it ( hoping for a 2nd flush).  I probably feed them again throughout the year with a high potash feed to encourage flowering. They can be a bit greed dahlias, pinch the top out to make them more bushy but i just leave mine.

The tall variety usually need staking , dont forget to dead head aswell 

After first frost i cut them down to about 6 inch - bring them inside turn them upside down and let them dry - then store them in sharp sand for next year. 


Newbie help required

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:32

Hi welcome to the forum  - the picture looks like a Dicentra commonly know as bleeding heart. 

Your apples have Brown rot - remove affected fruit.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 13:12

Hi liz i am sure you dont have blight, i suspected you have a leaf spot so did some digging for you. Septoria leaf spot, have a look online see what you think


Wisteria planting.

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 13:00

Hi flowerforbees, sorry to hear about the wisteria, i didnt think snails would go for a wisteria. You could try and combat the snails with copper - Vaseline ( spread around rim of pot ) beer traps maybe. you could try staking it temporary away from the wall until the plant new growth has matured. But it sound very difficult to stop them climbing up the wall 

Help with plants for boggy garden

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 14:52

Hosta - astilbes - goats beard - lysichiton like moist/wet soil. maybe you should make a pond  and get some aquatic plants 

Wisteria planting.

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:51

I thought the top being pinched out would be a problem, i see what i can do, maybe just train it as a tree i dunno. If only i had a pergola or a wall. Got lots of fencing but it would outlast the fencing in matter of no time. 

Wisteria planting.

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:25

Thanks for the advise, After a closer look today it looks like it is grafted, its got two leaders. It has not been trained into a standard but hopefully it will if i am lucky , the top been pinched out though which could be a problem  Here a couple of pictures. Cost me £9, i might to buy another already trained, if this one cant be trained into a standard


Wisteria planting.

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 01:26

I bought a Chinese wisteria prolific today. Specifically i want a standard wisteria, but i dont know what to do? i don't want to plant it directly in the ground. If i moved house i be devastated if i couldn't bring it with me, especially if i manged to train it into a standard. 

Was thinking maybe plant it in a Oak wine barrel ( 27 inch diameter - 19 inch depth ) i heard that people have grown them in pots before, but i dont know. The pruning isn't a problem its just planting it. i not let it get to big about 8 foot high

I shouldnt of bought it really but i always want one, all logic want out the window when i saw it. i dont think its  grafted ( i hope it not been grown from seed ) , i dont know if its ever flowered should of bought one earlier when it was flowering. 

Has anyone else got a wisteria? where  have you planted it?

what could this plant be please

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 01:01

Foxglove? thats the only thing what springs to mind,  its hard to say without a picture

biennials to plant in situ over the next month?

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 12:39

Hi , i was sowing some seeds the other day - wall flowers, sweet williams going to so sow Myosotis , fox glove soon as well. 

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