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Dahlia tubers (again !)

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 07:35

Exactly that B3.....a stem with each tuber.  The bits that "drop off" I discard.  

Lyn, pot up your dahlias and grow on up to 3 or 5 litre pots then plant out in early summer 

canna lillies

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 20:21

Durban has amazing psychedelic foliage with orange flowers.   I have tropicanna black and another purple/red foliage escapes me...  Pretoria is impressive too and very vigorous,,prob the most vigorous foliage form.

check out canna specialists on line.  I want to add couple more. climate here is ideal for them to grow large and flower well 

diseases I think

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:40

I think they are fine James 

canna lillies

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:39

Ok Marc, if they are dry and frost free they should be fine.  I think they are better potted though 

diseases I think

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:13

James were the stems "crispy" or soft?  if the former I agree with pansyface.  

Dahlia tubers (again !)

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:09

Hiya sunnylou

mostly I keep dahlias in the ground but those I want to move or divide I dig up now.  Dig a couple today as well as a few during the past couple of weeks.

If the clumps are of reasonable size see if you can pull apart.....holding stems in each hand and gently pull.  Or use a serrated knife to cut through the centre making sure each half has stems.  Check the divided clumps and remove sliced tubers and loose/unattached tubers.  Remove any debris.  Keep upside down for a day or two then pot up in dry compost or wrap the dry clumps in fleece or newspaper.

canna lillies

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:01

Bonsai Marc

I grow a lot of cannas and they mostly stay in the ground without protection.   however some protection is advisable.  Keeping them dry is best.......a few upturned pots with plastic draped over them will help.

if you have a gh I would lift them and, making sure they are dry, would wrap in fleece or pot them into pots using dry compost.  They will then "start" early.....essential for early flowering.....

Talkback: Growing bamboo

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:31

Paradoxically most bamboos struggle in pots.  Remember Monty's effort earlier in the year?  Bet he wont show it again 

At the last meeting it was decided.........

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:29

I say, we cornishmen don't talk like that ! One is bemused that one should think so, what!  I say again, one is bemused 



Posted: 07/11/2015 at 14:15

Sorry Fairy,,honest and true!  17 or 18 degrees and its looking and feeling good.  Breezy though

anyway, we don't have landscape you have....coastal views though.  Swings and roundabouts and home is where the heart is, eh? 

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