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Dahlia wind damage

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
One of the dahlias (moonfire) I potted the other week has taken a battering today, the only one as well that seems to have suffered.

The stems feel a bit loose now and are leaning a bit. Is it likely irreversible damage I'm going to have to end up cutting right back or are they tougher than that?

Obviously I'll wait to see how it fairs after the wind stops gusting so badly but it would be a shame as it's 16" tall just now.


  • B3B3 Posts: 27,331
    You could try staking it, even temporarily to show it the right way to go
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
    That's a shout. I tied string round all the stems in desperation but I'll go with that and if it doesn't appear to be knackered after a week or two then great.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
    Any idea what's going on here? I've cut off a load of leaves that were definitely dead/dying but on the same stems there are new ones emerging that are still firm.

    Obviously a good sign but I'd have thought the entire stem would be no use.
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