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LavandeLavande Posts: 171

I did try to google this but didn't get any information that made me feel 100% confident.  I planted a dahlia in a big pot and thinking about it, it was a pretty generous amount of space to give it.  Now I have so many herbs from my seedlings that if I don't separate them all I'm going to lose them.  I have created various mixed planters of herbs ie mint, parsley basil - but it doesn't take long for the parsley to put the basil in shade and it becomes stunted as a result.  Having now run out of space - I have planted some basil round the rim of the dahlia pot and am now wondering if that is okay or is there any problem with toxic roots etc?? Sorry for sounding so naive.


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Nothing naive about the question Lavande. Personally I wouldn't. Dahlia's are gross feeders and like their moisture, and a rich loamy potting medium, whereas herbs like very well drained soil, including basil. So really they don't like the same conditions. You can try it, but I have my doubts about the success.

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 171

    Oh thanks Dave - I focused completely on the wrong thing when trying to save space.  Thanks a lot - I'll take them out before they establish themselves and find space somehow for a few new pots.

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Your dahlia might be small now, but unless you've got a very dwarf variety they grow pretty huge. So it would also swamp your basil plants

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 171

    It is small Fleurisa, it is a minute little shoot and I don't know what I was thinking, but I have managed to remove and re pot the basil without too much disturbance so that both Dahlia and basil can thrive in their own space image

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