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Is my dahlia dead?

EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420
Hello,  I have a bad track record with dahlias, and ever-optimistic have tried again. I potted a plump, healthy-looking tuber, bought from a reputable supplier, at the end of February. I've kept the compost just damp and the pot in a warmish spot - utility room. No sign of any growth yet.  I've had a tentative poke around in the compost, but am frightened of damaging it if there is life there somewhere. Am I being impatient or should it be shooting by now? How damp should the compost be?
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  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,679
    I have loads of Dahlias and none of them are showing yet.  It's much too early.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • ladygardener2ladygardener2 Posts: 371
    edited April 2018
    From what you've said you've done as I usually do and not kept the compost not wet but damp. However, more folk seem to be recommending us to soak the tuber to rehydrate it before planting inside somewhere warm to start it off. Perhaps it just needs a little more time. I do have some that I overwintered and they started sprouting by themselves but others I've started off that are'nt showing and I think it's just too early.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    I have a few in pots not showing yet. I have some shooting up in a propagator tray, but I want cuttings from them first, so slightly forced.

    They will show up, but like everything this year, we just have to be patient. You are not doing anything wrong.
    SW Scotland
  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420
    Thank you, I will be a bit more patient then. I'm assuming the worst based on previous experience. 
    Carmarthenshire 
    If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake. 
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,052
    What happened in the past Emerion?
    SW Scotland
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,517
    I once waited weeks for my dahlias to emerge. When I looked closely, I saw that the shoots were being shaved off by slugs. That being said, I agree that it's much too early for anything to emerge.
    If you don't want to use slug pellets,I used to put a jam jar over the emerging shoots until they were big enough to look after themselves.
    Now I keep them safe in containers.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • KaymayKaymay Posts: 76
    Don't give up Emerion. I planted 3 dahlias in the same compost in the same windowsill in February. One has emerged like a triffid nearly 2 ft and every week I keep cutting it back, the second has emerged gently and is about 4 inches and bushy, and the third nowhere in sight. Last year my outside ones only surfaced in May and I am in the mild SW so I'll expect them in about June this year😁

  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420
    What happened in the past Emerion?
    I tried dahlia plants, which came home from the nursery in peak condition, and just faded away. Other plants in the same containers were thriving. I did a post-mortem and there was nothing sinister in the soil or on the roots. This happened two years running, so now I'm expecting the worst. 
    Carmarthenshire 
    If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake. 
  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420
    Re slugs - good point. I hope we haven't got them in the utility room, although it's possible. But I will take steps when I put it outside. I'm in west Wales and its slug heaven here. 
    Carmarthenshire 
    If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake. 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,341
    There is loads of time, I grow hundreds of Dahlias and don't even start them till later this month.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
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