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Dahlia / gladioli / lily bulb question

NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134
hello!  So I bought the summer magic mega box online from gardening express.  It’s end of season sale so they were reduced to £12 for 50 dahlias, 50, gladioli and 50 lilies bulbs.  

Obviously it’s getting to the end of summer now so I’m not sure what to do with them since I would normally be digging dahlias up to store them over winter before long. 

Theyve been ‘stored’ all this year so if I was to store them again all winter and plant them out in spring would they be ok?   Or should I risk planting them out now? I don’t want them to start growing too late and get killed off by frosts, but also don’t know if they will survive having not been planted for a whole year? If that even makes sense 

what would you do with them all (gladioli and lillies included) plant or store until spring? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,915
    edited August 2019
    You’re not the only one ...

    I don’t  hold out much hope but others are more optimistic ... give it a go ... you’ve got nothing to lose but I wouldn’t spend any money on them. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134
    I might plant half and store half and see how they get on?   They were an absolute bargain so I’m not fussed about price. I might aswell give it a go.  If only a few survive I’d have still have spent the same money buying them in season! 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,696
    I don't think there is any point in storing them, they will dessicate further.  Plant them up and hope.
  • @Notyalca ... I’ve planted late dahlias too and got away with it.

    See my response to @aklmcmillan96 on a similar thread.  Please ask if you’ve got any queries.
  • NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134
    Thanks everyone!  I will get planting and have all my fingers crossed.  If all 50 survive I’m going to have a beautiful garden next year. 

    2 point 4. Did you lift and store those you planted in late September or did you leave them in the ground? 
  • @Notyalca ... Apologies for taking a while to respond to your question.  Only about five were left in the ground and it was some of these which were lost.  They started to regrow this Spring but got slugged and snailed.  I suspect the tubers just didn’t have the resources to withstand this onslaught.  The remainder were stored in dry compost in pots and kept over-winter in my log store.
  • NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134
    Oh great thank you! I’ll give that a go. I probably won’t try and dig them all up because I already can’t remember where some are planted haha. But thank you for your advice. Fingers crossed mine survive! 
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