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Woodgreen wonderboy

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storing dahlias

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 22:10

Dig them up, after the first frost blackens the foliage,knock of as much soil as you can and place in cardboard boxes. You want everything to be nice and dry if possilble.

Place boxes in a dry place such as a garage or outhouse and cover with something to keep the frost out... sacking, fleece etc. 

Next spring they should start into growth of their own accord, around about April. It all depends on warmth so this year for example they were later. Then pot each one out in ordinary potting compost, water, place in a warm spot and you are away. Beware slugs and snails ( ordinary pellets are best) and frost. If latter is threatened whip them inside garage again( bit of a fag!!) then back out to enjoy the warmth. Plant out at start of June or when fear of frost is over. This is the method I have used for 12 years now and it works for me. You may lose a few of your weaker tubers but the vast majority will survive ( I potted up 140 this year). I always buy a few more each spring to make up the numbers and try out some new varieties.

Alternatively you can leave them in the garden where planted. In this case after frost cut back to ground level and compost the tops. Then place a protective mulch over the top, e.g. spent potting compost, garden compost. This should protect them from frost and in the longer term will improve your soil and feed the plants. Having said that I lift mine I did leave some in the ground in a different location and these are now showing their noses. So this has worked in a year of very cold temps. 

This year in the Autumn I think I shall risk leaving all of mine in the ground now that I know that this method works in my location. I am in the south of England.

Just one other idea. I underplant my tubers with daffs and tulips.. so I get double benefit from this bed, from early spring to the first frost.

Good luck you will love them.





Gaillardia death

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 21:40

If so many of us seem to have problems with Gaillardias, and they behave as if they are annuals, perhaps the powers that be  and growers should consider relabelling them as annuals? At the very least they should come with a health warning. Perhaps this year I will dig them up and overwinter them under cover. Echinaceas are another plant that either disappear or go downhill in year 2. This week I dug over my bed and found lots of coreopsis still viable. But not sure of variety. 

Thanks everyone so far... your comments have explained lots.

Gaillardia death

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 21:01

I have always understood them to be perrenials... at least the ones I grow are, and they are sold in the perrenial section of the GC. I shall look them up and come back.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 20:58

I saw a large group of house martins swooping around over my head as I gardened today. I had been worried that I hadn't seen any alongside their cousins the swallows. However there they were.. the hawker hurricanes of the bird world, the swallows obviously the spitfires.  

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 20:41

Artjak i don't find lavender is particularly long lived. Luckily mine seed into the gravel drive and I get some free plants should I wish to replace them. Perhaps they are happier in the gravel!!

Lose your lavender and juniper and gain an opportunity to do something new ... remember that great idea you had the other day... now you can go for it.

Gaillardia death

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 20:31

Every year I plant a yellow/red border with coreopsis, gaillardia and other perrenials in the same colour range. Every year the gaillardias die and have to be replaced while everything else seems to survive reasonably well. Does anyone else have the same problem and what am I doing wrong. Is there a solution to my woes?

Verbena B

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 19:03

One of the few tall plants that can go at the front of the's a see through plant.


Posted: 21/05/2013 at 19:01

Sorry, I need to be more of a fun guy  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:50

Thanks bizliz for exploring a good idea... who knows, on a different day, we might have gone the other way. I think it has strengthened our little group to do a bit of navel gazing, or is it soul searching.

dahlias for cut flowers

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 10:33

Another reason for cutting is that it stimulates even more flowers, and saves on the deadheading chore.

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