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Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 19:46

Hosta, we crossed there 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 19:45

Angela, yes easy to keep overwinter.

some say to wait until frost blackens the foliage but I disagree with this.

anyway, when foliage starts to die down take them out of their pots and put them upside down on a shelf  in the gh to let any moisture drain from the stems.  You can keep roots intact and wrap in fleece or newspaper and keep frost free.  Some put them in cardboard boxes as well.  

As spring comes you can start to water just a little.  As shoots stsrt you can water more.  Pot on a couple of times to get them to good garden size. 

Pennisetum Fireworks needs repotting

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 19:36

No not now.  You will need to water a little over winter ...don't let it dry out completely then 

hey!  "Don't read everything"....??  But I participated Aym.  I is shocked 

Unhappy Choisya - help needed

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 19:32

yes those choisyas are too big for those pots, any pots.  Need to be in tbe ground and I think this is the problem.

the only choisya suitable for a pot, in my opinion, is White Dazzler a more compact variety.

can you plant them out Hebejeeby? 

Last edited: 25 September 2016 19:33:04

Pennisetum Fireworks needs repotting

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 19:11

Ah!   Aym, you clearly didnt heed the pennisetum rubrum thread a couple of weeks back??? 

All the rubrum types, including Fireworks, are TENDER.  

I have a few growing here and they will be fine for another few weeks here but further north and east the colder weather will damage them.

so, no, do not repot them aym.  Don't plant in the ground now.  You need to watch fhe temperatures and bring Fireworks indoors before any chance of frost touching them.  It is not just frost but cold weather .....anything less than 4 degrees is harmful. 

Sorry aym but it's an indoors job for them soon 

Last edited: 25 September 2016 19:12:48

How ruthless???

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 19:05

Sanjy, "blues and whites that flower in the autumn" ?.......wont publish picture again but I have a nice combination of aster frikartii monch fronted by white Wild Swan anemone.  Been flowering together for several weeks and will continue for a good while longer yet.  Try it Sanjy o


Posted: 25/09/2016 at 18:59

How better?

does it flower well? Does the sun bleach the flowers?

What does foliage look like?

south facing isn't ideal if dry but you say it gets watered frequently so that sounds good

if you have a dappled shade spot and water retentive soil that would be better

Hydrangeas benefit too from good rich mulching for best quality flowers 

September flowers and wildlife

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 18:11

Am I the only one to see "sinister" in pansies?   Those little clown like faces??? 

Nice colour there jacqueline......September is a great month in the garden 

How ruthless???

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 18:07

garden is still full of colour, prob more so than during the summer, but already I am thinking of changes. Thinking of bigger and better as we all do but always torn betwen more foliage and less flowers or vice versa 

I am ruthless enough, impatient enough, to start ripping stuff out now.  Just me or anyone else like this?

i will resist though for another couple of weeks but once I start the changes I am like a dervish of energy resulting in mass destruction of all my currently beautiful flowers.  

Please tell me this is quite normal   Logically I am preparing for next year after all 

Old,spent potting compost.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:54

Be aware to check old compost for cine weevil grubs though 

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