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Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 23:21

Don't understand this folks.......pull tubers with stems apart.  Simples.  No need to wait for eyes or timing. ,totally fine to do it now.  As long as you keep tubers frost free this is a sure fire method.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:22

I like to get everything cut down.....grasses apart to save time in spring.  Then it is hectic.  

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:18

I'm sure you will find a place for it Salino.  I'm a little like that with plants......I know I want them but dont know exactly where to put them at the time.  


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:14

KEF, just between you and me, talking about your last maltesers I have a confession to make.  I ate a whole bag of packets of them.  I carefully prised out a bag, then another then another then......well they were so morish.  I gave them to my niece so I will have to replace them Tom morning.  Don't really like chocs 

mrsGarden, I'm sure your Amelanchier will look superb......lovely tree. 

Woody, I'm "into" conifers....which varieties did you plant?  Eleagnus, I remember, was something Christopher Lloyd tired of so we (I discarded mine too) are in good company.


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:25

Your biceps must be huuuuuge Fairy 

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 15:16

Not too much....unless I make new border, and I might 

this afternoon, as the weather is so good ( warm, sunny and dry) I trimmed large golden king holly (I think it makes a superb statement in the garden), large  euonymus  bushes, juniperus sulphur spray and one or two others to make the structure look as good as poss over winter.  Garden tends to lose some structure during summer when so much else competes.  Cut front and back grass and mulched hellebores.  Have my eye on part of front border where I will make a couple of changes but basically mostly set now for winter.

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 13:07

If your tuber is not soft I would not use sulphur powder .  Yes, if part of the tuber was damaged I would have cut it cleanly....removing that tuber completely... and then dusted it.  


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 13:03

Ah Caroline, if your garden is mud then wait a while before moving your foxgloves.  I would wait for a drier spell and then make sure you had a good football

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 13:00

Try again to pull apart Rich....don't be afraid to use a little force on those stems. You should get at least a couple of good size plants on each.  Don't be too greedy cos bigger clumps mean bigger plants next year.

I would then pot up into pots of dry mpc.  

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:56


Such a lovely sunny morning that I continued with my tidy up...

dug trench for runner beans....scraped off top weeds and upturned them first then emptied one of my compost bins into the trench.  Clean veg patch......although I will resume growing winter crops next year .....and a row of orange wallflowers planted on top to make a nice edge.  the dormant period here is very short.....prob mid December to mid January it won't be long before those wallflowers flower 

So, clean good looking soil and tidy border. The veg patch will be easier to cultivate now in spring 

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