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Dahlias in ericaceous compost

AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,465

My mother in law has given me an almost full bag of ericaceous compost, and I have some dahlias that need potting on. Does anyone know if it's okay for me to use it for them? I could mix it with multi purpose compost?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,303

    Dahlias aren't too fussy and will be quite happy in your ericaceous compost


    Billericay - Essex

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,465

    Thanks Pete8, that's my job for this afternoon sorted! image

    Last edited: 29 July 2017 11:37:43

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,303
    Mike Allen says:

    At the end of the day, we have to ask ourself.  I wonder.  What do I truly expect from this plant.

    Last edited: 30 July 2017 01:03:19

    See original post

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    Last edited: 30 July 2017 07:37:46


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,844

    Sounds about right Pete image

    I'd agree with Pete, Anni. You could mix it with your other compost if you're concerned, but as you're only potting on, they won't be in that compost for along time anyway.

    If you're eventually keeping them in pots long term, you'd need something more substantial than just compost, but at the stage they're at, it's fine. 

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,303

    If you need further assurance Anni an article from the RHS which says they're fine in acid/alkaline/neutral soil conditions

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/87446/Dahlia-Bednall-Beauty-(Misc-DwB)/Details

    And I grow 30+ dahlias every year with great success in my slightly acidic soil


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,465

    Many thanks, I'll have a read  image They're all potted up & look happier !

    Thanks also Fairygirl & Mike, it's only a short term solution.

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