Posted: 17/05/2014 at 15:41
I planted them in (whet I thought were) reasonable pots that are intended to be there permanent home. I don't expect them to flower as well as the one I planted in the ground, but with good soil and the occasional top-up, I expect them to be a nice addition to the garden.
It was a mild winter, so I planted them a bit early. They've grown very well since them and continue to grow quickly. It's just this one dahlia that seems different from the other. It's not dying or really unhealthy, it just has soft and slightly wilting leaves compared to the other one.
And I don't think over-watering is it either, because it started going a bit soft toward the end of a dry spell. At first, I assumed the wilting was down to a lack of water. But after watering it, it didn't spring back like other plants did. Then heavy rain came and it made no difference either. Everything else in the garden is doing remarkably well this year, to my amazement. I'm usually like the angel of death in a garden!
I was very happy with my dahlia planted in the ground last year, though perhaps it was a little leaf-heavy rather than being a sea of flowers. The soil it grew in is largely made from composted vegetable matter, and I added sprinkles of Growmore as it grew, so maybe it was all just a bit nitrogen heavy.
These pots contain Bowers multi-purpose compost with a bit of farmyard manure and a sprinkling of blood fish & bone mixed in. As I say, all the other pots are growing wonderfully and are a very healthy vibrant green so far (it'll be a couple of months before I get any flowers), but this one dahlia looks like it needs a hand.