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Wilting Dahlia

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:06

Thanks for all the compliments! For someone who's never been able to get anything to grow, I've had a good year in the garden, probably thanks to it being so warm after a mild winter.

The variety is supposed to be Fire & Ice, but what's grown doesn't look much like the picture on the packet. The flower was supposed to look like a red cross on mainly white petals, but this is purple with a white/lavender stripe on each petal. I much prefer this over how it was supposed to look, though.

Wilting Dahlia

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:12

To update this thread, the dahlia did all right in the end, so I don't know why it went a bit funny for a while.

I planted it in March and shoots first appeared on the surface in May. It's grown very quickly in the last month and this morning I got up to find its first flower had bloomed. It was just beginning to open last night, but was still pretty much closed. There are many other heads on the plant, which I'm now looking forward to flowering over the next couple of weeks:


Using compost early

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:39

Would it be OK to use home-made compost created from old vegetable matter and garden cuttings/pruning that's only 90% rotted?

I need to fill a planter, and would like to mix the contents of my compost bin into three times as much compost bought from a garden centre. Ideally, I'd leave it to rot another month or two, but I need to fill the planter now.

It's pretty much mud/soil now, so almost ready to use, but when you turn it over with a fork you see the occasional half-rotted piece of vegetable or cuttings from trees and bushes. Nothing has been added to the bin for four months, and I started filling it 18 months ago.

If I can use it in a 2-feet deep planter, should I mix it evenly with the bags I buy, or use it as a layer at the top of bottom? The bags will be much lighter and fluffier than my own muddy compost.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:11

I'm not sure how tomatoes actually pollinate. Is there some kind of powder that grows on the leaves that, when you shake the vine, falls onto the flowers?

What I'm wondering is, what happens if you have small tomato plants of different varieties in pots next to each other, and they start flowering? Does this lead to cross-bred tomatoes or will I still end up with normal Marmande and Money Maker fruits?

Also, can you tell by looking at the leaves, flowers of stems before the fruits grow which variety you have? Sadly, I forgot to mark the pots and now they're mixed up (Marmande and Money Maker).

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:01

I've never bought tomato feed before this Aldi stuff, but I thought 15ml per gallon sounded very good value?

I bought vegetable feed from Lidl before, and that was 1 large cap-full per 3L, which isn't as strong. I must compare Aldi's vegetable feed next time I'm there. I'll probably get another bottle of tomato feed because I'll use it on dahlias, gladioli and lilies as well as my tomatoes.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:11

I bought a bottle of Aldi tomato feed. Here's the technical stuff on the back, if anyone's interested or wants to compare it to a leading brand:


Removing leaves from unknown bulbs

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:46

I have a plant growing in my garden whose name I've forgotten, but below is a photo of one of its leaves. I planted them as tiny bulbs in spring, and its flowers have just started blooming. Unfortunately, they're all appearing lower than the large leaves, so you can't really see them.

Would it be a good idea to start cutting off these large leaves to expose the flowers?

Being bulbs, I assume they'll need the leaves to build up energy after flowering for next spring, but at the moment I can't really see any flowers.


Should this type of rose be deadheaded?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:15

I planted rose bush in March which was cut down to the ground, so above ground it's growing from scratch. It's still very small and has so far produced two flowers, one of which is now shrivelled up, and the other is still good but starting to fade.

Should I deadhead at this stage?

And should I wait until winter before pruning it, or can I do this as it grows to help shape the bush?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 14:03

Thanks for the replies, I sliced off the dead bits and the rest seems to be fine since then.

My first couple of yellow flowers have opened up, so hopefully tomatoes are on the way. Loads of other tiny buds have formed but none look anywhere near ready to flower.

If anyone's interested in cheap liquid tomato food, Aldi are doing 1L bottles of it (or vegetable feed) tomorrow for £1.89, along with a few other gardening things.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:58

The whole leaf or just cut out the decayed tip? And if the whole thing, should I pinch it out like an unwanted side shoot, or slice it with a razor to get a clean cut?

Discussions started by Tomsk

Curly dahlias

Dahlias growing curled and folded. 
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Too much leaf, not enough flower!

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Multiple daffodil shoots

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Forcing a flower to bloom

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Exposing roots to sun light

Transparent pots - good or bad idea? 
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Storing bulbs

Best way to look after old bulbs and remove them from temporary soil 
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Any tips for growing carrots for the first time? 
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Daff & tulip shoots already?

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Protecting a planter over winter

How to protect from cats' mess and anything else? 
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Tomatoes - End of season

What to do with vines once they're finished for the year? 
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Pruning tomato vines

How much is too much? 
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Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Help identify this non-flowering green plant? 
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Split tomato vine

Unsupported plant collapsed, leaving split vine branch 
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Are they harmful to plants? 
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Growing basil and other herbs

What time of year to plant, how long do they last? 
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