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Dahlia tuber competition

BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,498
Nearly 4 months ago I put some dahlia tubers into the shed for the winter. I've just had a peek. Guess which of these 3 is the shop-bought Riviera and which two are the mouldy remains of the ones I grew from seed ;)


  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Swanwick - SouthamptonPosts: 345
    That's a shame. I just looked at a couple of the cuttings I took last year and they have nice tubers.
    Never tried from seed.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,224
    You may have to improve your storage methods! I dust mine off and put them into dry compost - dust dry, not damp. Then they go into plastic crates in the garage. The little ones are always less likely to make it but there shouldn't be all that mould. Never mind, better luck next year!
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,498
    Yes @Posy. The three tubers from plants I bought look ok. The two that I grew from seed, not so much. Stored in the same conditions but it seems the puny home-grown specimens needed more TLC :D
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,485
    I was never able to store them at my last house. Either the mice ate them or they went mouldy or shrivelled. So I left them in the ground and most of them came up again, having survived Dordogne winters of up to -10°. Bishop of Landaff never made it though, although the Bishops Children that I grew from seed survived.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,498
    Update - even though my attempt to store the homegrown tubers failed miserably, the first of the 'proper' specimens is showing signs of life after wintering in the shed:) 

    Unless it's a weed springing up in a most inopportune spot :o
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,324
    No, that is a Dahlia, congratulations.
    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
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,498
    Thanks @punkdoc
    I was fairly confident but it would have been a right kick in the teeth if some imposter had conned me :D 

    Wonder if any of the other 3 will follow suit anytime soon....
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