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HandyLHandyL Posts: 49

I was just wondering how everyone's are growing.

Mine seem to be a bit slow this year?

Also when is the latest time you can start of a tuber?



  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    i bought some 2 weeks ago from B&Q and planted in pots.  had some nice flowers come in

    now though pettles everywhere and half eaten leafs.  im also thinking they got more wind than they liked.  hoping to see them spring back to life.  i see more buds ready

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    By the sound of it, its been wide spread. In my case it certainly has.


  • wildhouse1wildhouse1 Posts: 1

    hi there  i have been growing dahlia for many years now  

    my collection amount to about 40 different ones now

    started of in pots bringing in every winter taking pots inside house

    next year they stayed in the shed  all came back but plants not getting any bigger

    2 years ago i cleared strawberry patch and planted them in the ground

    they did much better being in the ground  lots of flowers and seemed to multiply

    overwintered them in the ground covering with mulch and frost membrane

    this year they have only just started to emerge from there winter sleep

    not sure why as previous years they got going earlier

    just have to be patient i think as long as they return

    i am lucky enough to know a breeder of dahlia i get new plants not in the shops yet

    i planted some as late as june last year and they got going fine so it's not to late

    give it a go and enjoy

    try your local allotment clubs they have a lot of knowledge and sales of plants

    Last edited: 28 May 2016 10:29:30

  • TesniTesni Posts: 163

    Mine are only just starting to poke through the soil.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I have to bring my dahlias in over winter - clay soil, waterlogging and slugs - and I dry them off and store them in dry potting compost in a cool, dark shed. In early spring I divide the big ones, pot them up, water sparingly and keep them in a frost free greenhouse. Small tubers can go into containers while larger plants go out into the ground about late April or early May. They are all growing well and some are only a couple of weeks away from first flowers. By Autumn the tubers will be huge and ready to store.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Last years pompom dahlias grown from seed. I lifted and stored all the tubers planted in open ground but they went soft. This is a forgotten pot of the extras I couldn't fit in the bed.


    This years seedlings, still in the grow house. "Dwarf double mix"


    Both have already been under attack from slugs. 

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,502

    I bring mine in every winter too for the same reason as posy.

    I was dead organised this time and planned a space or pot for each one and a few to sit out of the way and grow on...

    Predictably one of the 'grow on' tubers is covered in leaves and the next to the front door pot specimen is not yet showing so may have a reshuffle image Time yet though...

    My Mexican black is a bit chewed but is strong and will push past I think.

    Wearside, England.
  • This year is my first year of growing Dahlia's, I thought I would give them a go after seeing them in Home Bargains so bought two different varieties (PomPom and Dwarf). I have been pretty impressed that all of them have come through. The tallest is approximately just under a foot but most of them are a lot smaller. I'm not sure when they flower? I notice a lot of them were already flowering in B&Q but guessed it's the conditions they're grown in? 

    Mine are fully outside now too.


  • Mine are just poking their head out of the soil in York, usually at least a pretty decent size by now.

  • pootlerpootler Posts: 95

    I grew some Bishop's Children from seed last year in pots.   I have never over wintered dahlias and thought it was some kind of dark art.  I left them in their pots and put them in the garage then put them in a cold frame in April .  I am ridiculously chuffed that they have all sprouted and are looking strong!

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