Daliah in pots?

cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

I really want a Daliah, the dinner plate size flower ones. I however will have limited space in my garden when I plant it all up with the plants I am growing. Will one do well in a reasonably large pot. Also are these plants any good and do you recommend a variety. Also when would I plant the tuber? I live in North east England.

If a pot is not suitable would you be able to recommend a particularly slender one.

Thanks for any replys


  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I grow dahlias in pots but only small ones as they are such hungry plants. I can recommend the Happy series.

    To get really good results I start them indoors now and grow them until they are large enough to cope with slugs. They cannot cope with frost.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    It will- but bear in mind these will be around 4 feet high so quite top heavy- you don't want it going over in the first bit of windimage

    You can get tubers now to start undercover-cannot go outside till May at the earliest-not frost hardyimage

    Dahlias are goodimage-plenty of choice of types and colours to suit all tastes

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    Would I be able to plant the tubers in May or would that be too late as I dont have room to start them off to be honest. I was thinking that regarding the wind however I was going to grow it against my house wall so perhaps i could secure the pot somehow.

    Thanks for the replys

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    In a pot with a bit of protection around mid-April -but the tubers do not like cold and wet.

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    Thats great ill buy 1 and hope for the best brillant. Thanks for the brilliant advice.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    D you have any dahlia pics Verdun ? Mine didn't do well last yr in pots, maybe pots wernt big enough image or was it our summer .
  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    I'm using seeds again (as last yr) , salvaged some tubers from last yr and trying those but doubt they will do anything .
  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    I remember that LeadFarmer, had a lovely display of dahlias in pots (pic was posted here http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/garden-gallery-2013/75578-4.html ) 

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    I now always grow my dahlias in big pots. They just dont survive the slimey army in my soil.

    Agree, biggest pot with good compost- JI3 type- plus food pellets/regular feeding over the season. Water gel added to the comopst at planting time too stops potential drying out- even in a season such as last yr.

    Get supports in place fairly quickly otherwise a strong wind can do damage before you realise.

    I dont have too many earwig problems, but do find some varieties are more suceptible to slug attack than others, even in the pots. I use copper tape/strips around the pot/plant stem of those I really wouldnt want to lose.

    Mine are now starting off in the house- some on a sill, others in front of the patio windows. Any MP compost fine for that & yes, you'll need to repot a couple of times for the biggest flowered/tallest varieties. J.

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 389

    Thanks for the advice thats brilliant ive bought a large pot and ill maybe start a tuber off and keep potting on. Ill sneak it in as the wifes moaning about all plants I have around the house. Ill put bamboo canes in for support and I have flexable ties.

    Anyone reccomend a dinner plate variety?

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