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Dahlias.

The_Lazy_GardenerThe_Lazy_Gardener Posts: 140
edited April 2019 in Problem solving
Hello, 
I've potted my Dahlias up and have them on a window sill that is in full sun all day. Is this too warm for them? They started shooting in under a week. 

Thanks. 

Fred 
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,651
    * Bump *
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,663
    My feeling is that they'll become very soft and leggy. 
    Mine are still in an unheated polytunnel and are just starting to sprout.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,387
    Can you move them to a cooler site, Fred, if you don't have a greenhouse or similar for them?
    Hosta's right - they'll get big and leggy before you're able to get them outside, and it'll be difficult to manage them well until then.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thanks for your help. I'm going to leave them out and take them in at night. Only thing is I've got another 12 on order. Woops 🤔🙄 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,931
    @Fred Mead. Have you got space for one of those little plastic greenhouse, I know you have to tie the securely to a wall or fence but I wouldn’t be without mine,  after plant have grown either indoors or in the glass GH I move them to the plastic ones, you can leave the zips open through the day and just zip up at night, then later leave them open, with just the plast cover for protection. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,517
    Mine seem to do ok if I repot them about now and leave them outside in a fairly sheltered spot. But I have to be a vigilant slug hunter!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    Mine too @B3 was bad enough not to lift last year's tubers...and thankfully have survived the winter in their pots, fed them and top dressed the pots and fending off the bloody squirrels!
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,931
    I don’t lift the ones in the garden, only the ones in pots which are newly bought ones, but I wouldn’t put mine out here yet,  I’ve had  ice on the water butts and the east wind today is biting.  There’s been snow laying,  it’s different with what’s in the ground, they have a big pile of mulch over the top and are used to the cold climate. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,517
    Holly sprinkled on top will deter them
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    Have resorted to cutting to size some leftover plastic mesh which does the job...but they can be persistent buggers. At least the foxes have stopped digging...for now. The joys of urban gardening. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
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