Hello having some trouble this year, I know summer is over but I have hope.. Don't know if I should post 3 separate posts but I would love some input. Live in s Wales.
Firstly my strawbs, supermarket discounts. Container and sack grown, producing loads of runners, no strawbs and huge leaves, I let some runners give me a few more plants, didn't really pot them on just let them take over the pot/sack their in, now I'm just pulling them off when I see a new one. Is this normal for first year? As I bought some before that were from supermarket and had a load of strawbs in the first year but sadly they didn't make it through winter and I fancied a go again this year.
Secondly my Dahlias, I started a few from seed, most have bloomed lovely but I have one that has not bloomed at all although it has had tiny buds on it for the last 3 weeks. Do I need to feed it more pk or give up as its September? Also 2 that look as if the buds are being eaten? Why not the others? By what, slugs? I put pellets down
Finally, my lupin. I hacked it to death. I honestly thought I could pull the shoots off the stems, put it in water and it would root so I could have an extra 7 lupin for next year, one even has a flower bud.. I now just have a few bare spikes left in the ground. What have I done? Will it root?! I feel awful.
Ta in advance
On the lupins ......not sure you can make more plants that way, but they are easy to grow from seed, so maybe try that next spring if you want loads more plants
strawberries wont fruit again this year, they're sending out runners that you can use them to propagate more plants form next year.
dahlias are coming to the end of their season too, once they get blackened by the frost cut them back and lift the tubers for planting next year. they are prob being eaten by slugs or snails, not much pint doing anything about them now, just remember next year that they are slug/snail edible
lupins propagate great from seed, plus you never know what coloured flower you're going to get!
It's more than like earwigs eat the buds on dahlias.
Thanks for your replies I know I'm too late for fruit but was just wondering why I had none at all since I potted them late April, just these huge leaves and runners. I managed to make 20 plants out of 8 I had so not all bad!
With the Dahlias I plan to store them in the shed, had some last year so kind of know what I'm doing with them, I think ha! Really disappointed one hasn't bloomed even though it has had buds for a few weeks.
Thanks Lyn I didn't think I had slugs eating them.
And this is some of the bits I chopped off
Holliehock I don't know if you can see but I left a bit of the main stem attached, applied rooting gel and put in water.. Is that what you mean by basal plate?
Oh and I have 2 lupines from seed in pots outside that I started end of march, looking really healthy and about 50 cm tall lovely leaves, so I'm really looking forward to see what colours they are. Do they need much winter protection?
I would pot those lupins up and together with the seedlings you grew in March, keep in a cold greenhouse or somewhere frost free, they are not hardy in their first year.
Strawberry plants often don't produce any fruit the first year - in fact, you're recommended to remove any flowers/fruit the first season so the plant builds up its strength for next year.
Thanks so much. Will pot them up as soon as I get a chance and put in my porch. Fingers crossed the one I stripped will come back too, my mother gave it to me and I'd feel bad if I killed it lol. And maybe that's why my plants suffered a few years ago and I'm expecting too much this time round! Cheers