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Should I be seeing Dahlia appearance yet?

KmehKmeh Posts: 142
I grew some dahlias from seed and some from bulbs (wilko - so not exactly the high end ones) last year. All did rather nicely - especially given my low expectations 😂. Most in containers and some in borders.

Didn't dig any up and store - thought I would risk it given they were surprise successes - left them in pots and borders with a covering of bark for 'warmth'. 

No sign of life as yet. In north Yorkshire. Is this normal?

Am I a complete idiots not digging them up or are the seeded ones annuals and cheap bulbs not long term growers

Any advice appreciated. 



  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 6,959
    I'm in the West Midlands and none of mine are showing yet.  They have been in about 5 years now and so far have come back every year.  Mind you, they don't like it too wet and we did have a wet winter this year.  It will be a while before they appear so don't worry yet.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 734
    I'm a lifter and storer, living in the NE it's too cold and wet over winter to run the risk of leaving them in my garden...that's experience speaking.
    Ive potted mine up and ones potted  4 weeks ago are just showing. So I wouldn't be fretting about yours in borders and pots just yet. Slugs love the new shoots even before they've surfaced so if you're a "user" a few slug pellets wouldn't go amiss. 
    I don't want to be petty but they are tubers not bulbs. 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Mine in fleeced pots are just showing - one tiny shoot.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,022
    Mine from last year are all showing clear and obvious growth but they're been potted and are in a warm conservatory.

    Wouldn't be surprised if not much was happening on those left outside.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,255
    Mine were left in the ground too, no sign from above ground. However I emptied out one that had been in a pot on the patio and that did have little shoots starting to grow, planted it in the garden.

    I grew some of the loose double mix dahlia seeds from Wilko and was very impressed with them. The bumble bees loved them!
    East Yorkshire
  • KmehKmeh Posts: 142
    Glad to hear it. Will keep the hope alive! 

    Had some great success with wilko seeds and their tubers (sorry @Bilje - got it right this time!) Last year. Also some large fails with their seeds but that may have been my skill rather than their stock. Attempting their aquilegia and fresia from their 'bulb' section this year.
  • PurpleRosePurpleRose Posts: 538
    I am also from North Yorkshire and leave them in the ground. It only came about because I used to lift them but one year forgot one of the Dahlia plants tubers in the ground and they came up the following year beautifully so since then they all have been left.

    There are no sign of mine yet, although we do tend to be slightly (a week or two) behind those whose gardens are inland as we are on the coast. I dont know why that is. Maybe someone could enlighten me 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    It's still only mid April. V early still. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,756
    In London, and only the ones in the greenhouse have tiny tips showing, and that’s after weeks of very warm weather.  
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    I've got some in the polytunnel up, but many are still asleep
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