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This year is my first year growing Dahlia's. Up until now they have been in my greenhouse.

I know I will need to harden them off before they're planted out but I'm unsure when to do this?

Some of them are getting quite tall now. I was wondering when other people do it? I understand it should be after the last frost - personally I'm in Sunny Suffolk and suspect (hopes) we have had that.... How is everyone else's coming along??

Any advice given would be appreciated :)




  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    I'm hardening off mine now and will be planting them out next weekend (Leics.)

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  • CloggieCloggie Cambs Fens but not black soilPosts: 1,444

    Mine are out (Cambs) but I may have been a bit previous and I'm not seeing activity from two of them (same type).

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,170

    The most advanced ones I have chucked out of the greenhouse, so I suppose they are hardening off. Smaller ones are still being cossetted. I will have to rip out some forgetmenots to make room for them.

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Mine have been outside for a month but they were started inside house, followed by moving them into grow house, which is semi inside semi outside. So I suppose they got accustomed to the outside temperature earlier, therefore theyve been okay on the patio. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,021

    In cold greenhouse.

    Will be planted out in about 1 - 2 weeks. Big ones first, and hopefully small ones will then be bigger!

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    If you have lots of dahlias, does anyone have ideas on how to plant them? Do you put 3 together in a triangle for better effect? I was thinking of putting them all around the garden in the gaps but someone else told me to put them all together? Pictures I see seem to have them all together. I have 7 unwins, 8 pom poms, 4 called 'giant' (which are actually the smallest so far of the lot haha!), 2 crazy loves and some fireworks. Shall I mix it all up?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,021

    A lot depends on how big they get. Several of mine grow to  4 by 3 feet, so I don't think they need grouping.

    Small plants would look better in groups, but not all 20 odd together!

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  • Julie LanteriJulie Lanteri Posts: 133

    Mine are ready to go too. I managed to keep the ones from last year alive in a plastic greenhouse and my baby bishop's children are looking ok. They'll be better of in the ground than counting on me to water them anyway!

  • Rosie  BeeRosie Bee Posts: 32

    I'm jealous - my dahlias have barely reached 2" - and then the slugs get 'em! 

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i'm in the south east and left mine in the ground all winter, i dug them up in march and they had all survived, i replanted them in pots outside and all are growing well.

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