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Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:57


Knifophia Rooperi query

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 08:41

They will imorove year on year Andy.  Mine were so much more impressive from second year on.  Still a few flowering here too 


Posted: 22/10/2016 at 08:37


as I said before about keeping over winter but yes, I pull my tubers apart and either pot up or keep protected over winter as bare "root"

every tuber needs a stem...if you can separate them, and usually they do so quite easily, pot them individually in dry compost.  Fleece, newspaper etc protection also.  Don't "overdivide".....keep them as a decent size for better plants next year 

Mice have never been a problem for me but if they are potted they are more likely to safer I think.  That shed looks ideal ....surely mice resistant Lyn? 

Anniversary of National and Family Tragedy

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:37

Thoughts with you Oakridge.  A terrible event.  As with Iamweedy I have felt moved by this anniversary this week too.  

Acer soil

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:28

Nanny beach, I refer to john innes ericaceous rather than ericaceous Mpc.   the weight will tell you too.  the bag should say exactly what you have....I suspect you have mpc. 


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:21

Well put LB.    And it is easier to make an acid soil alkaline than vice versa.

tap water too can affect the alkalinity of the soil just as rain usually makes it more acid.  The fertilisers, mulches too. 


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:18

Dahlias survive well down here all winter, every winter.  They will be so much bigger and grander too for it.  If the ground doesn't get waterlogged and the temps are not too cold for too long dahlias will be fine.

sorry Hazel, almost missed you.  Yes, leave it to do its own thing 

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:14

Don't get me wrong Philippa...a good question    So much in our gardens is often assumed to be native when really we grow plants from all over the world. (And expect them all to grow equally as well

Killing ivy

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:11

Easy billington, 

cut back to all woody parts as low down as possible.   No need to pull ivy off the wall, fence etc.  just access these woody stems.  Then paint with sbk.  It works very well.  If you have thick wood so much the better and if you can make a few small holes so much the better for the sbk to sink in 


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:06

It sounds like they are not potted Lyn

if you have a gh simply place them there upside down on a shelf to dry out. When dry keep them frost free until spring...a cardboard box with newspaper or wrapped in fleece.  A cardboard box with dry mpc would be fine too.

when spring arrives pot them up covering the tubers and start watering when you see green shoots.

the purple foliage dahlias are brilliant cos they add contrast even before they flower 

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