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Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 20:38

No to the kitchem aym.....has there been no sunshine there lately?  Even now sun in the gh can be hot.  watered today plants in gh and conservatory cos they are drying out fast here 

No Leave well alone if leaves are healthy.   Give cuttings time but don't tug on them as many do 

Treat yourself to a dahlia you really hanker after....maybe a classy one like dahlia Arabian Night for example?? 

Problem solving

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 20:30

Not really Craig but if the dog was kept off it might but the damage looks well "treated .   tell the customer.  maybe some temporary fencing to get the dog out of its routine to go there but training is the only way.  My own dog knew from the start where he could go and what he could do.  never a ruined lawn or shrub....well, after he understood. 

Problem solving

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 20:11

Dogs or cats Craig I think 

 Does your customer have dogs?  Prob medium to large? 

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 20:01

Not a cool place quite yet aym.   In the sun in the gh. ,yes, rot does look to have taken the stem I guess. ironically,,I have been digging up huuuuuge dahlias today and dividing them.  More than I need or want.  


Posted: 26/10/2016 at 19:56

How has virus affected you, your cannas..Hosta?  

Been slightly paranoid most of the summer checking for signs of it.  Sometimes I am convinced mine are clear and then I doubt myself.  Not really easy to tell is it? 

The flowering has been excellent so I guess they are prob ok???

Will you segregate them or put them together over winter?   New varieties kept a distance away? 

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 19:45

You need that stem aym. still let it dry out and see if any part of the stem is intact.  Nothing to lose. 


Posted: 26/10/2016 at 18:51

Fidget, forgive my ignorance but what is this "frosts" ?  

Keep forgetting England is sooooo different.  

I fully expect my cannas to flower a lot longer yet. .......

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 18:26

Coincidentally Fidget, someone told me today about  a mass of ladybirds "stinking" the place out.  I wondered if they were the harlequin type?  Do they smell?  Do they attack our own ladybirds?  I am not aware of seeing many ladybirds this year...plenty of bees and butterflies though 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 16:41

temp showing 19 temp mind you.  Absolutely stunning afternoon.  

Dug up 3 very large dahlias......forget  that silly "wait to get frosted" rule.....gave one away, divided another and put one in the gh to divide later. Planted persicarias, sanguisorbas, geums, summer divided delphiniums and lupins and others in their place.  they will add less exuberance and more class....he says snootily !   Fit in better with the grasses too 

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 16:32

It has been soaked aym not frosted....might have got away with it in mid summer but not now.

yes, good advice from fidget.   Drain it in a gh though on a shelf.  I would only use the  sulphur if the tubers look affected.  If they are cut the damaged ones off with a sharp knife then use the sulphur.  Otherwise drying them off should be enough 

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