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Hi, after last year's bad summer I thought my dahlias 'my love' wouldn't survive. Every time they popped up a shoot, the slugs were there to ravish them . This year only one has survived but no flowers. It has grown well and is of normal hight but the top looks damaged (slugs again). Has it just run out of steam from last year and need to bulk up or has the initial slug attack eaten all buds?



  • Emma1978Emma1978 Posts: 201

    Shouldn't have run out of steam. I'd pot it up away from the molluscs, or use some slug control pellets or whatever. 

  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 435

    Try giving it a feed, I use tomato food on  mine.  They are very hungry plants and protect from the dreaded slugs.

  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80


    my dahlias that I bought last year have not flowered this year, I just let the follage die down then lifted them, did I do wrong. thanks

  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80

    in pots with good compost that has feed., they are growing well but I have noticed earwigs we call them forkies in the north of scotland

  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 386

    Thanks for your tips. No idea why I haven't had any notifications to this thread. I'll trim off the top and feed it with some worm tea and see what happens. Never had probes with earwigs before so I'll point the finger of blame on the slugs. 

    Quite surprised this plant has survived three years in the ground. Thought last years rain would have killed it off like the other one.

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