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Tricia bTricia b Posts: 40

My Dahlia's didnt flower much this year, although the foliage was still as lush.  Is there any way to propagate dahlias from the ones I have.  

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,890

    They have hardly started yet, they flower through autumn until the frost has them, give yours time. Make sure you cut the dead flowers with their stalks off as soon as they start to drop, that will promote more.

    you can grow some from seeds next year, very easy to grow, or you can wait till the frost turns yours black, lift and store, then when they start shooting next year you can take cuttings.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Tricia bTricia b Posts: 40

    Thanks for that Lyn.  Mine is Bishop of Llandaff and we usually have flowers from July, so will await a late flush.  Thanks for the tips on cuttings.    

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,545

    Lyn I grew three different ones in pots this year.  I brought them in packets, they were like rooty tube things? two have grown and flowered lovely but one is a lot smaller and so far less flowers but was in smallest pot.  Do you think the size of the pot matters?

    shall I plant into the ground soon or pop the pots into the shed over winter? At my last house which was only five miles away I had one in the garden and always came back? Sorry loads of questions!

    sorry Tricia to ask on your thread x

     

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,890

    The Bishops are lovely, best for bees because they are open. With stricked dead heading you will hopefully get some more flowers.

    Beaus Mum, i wouldnt bother to plant it in the ground now, some are smaller, maybe slugs had a go at it, or vine weevil in the pot, or just plain small tuber,

    Keep it for next year though, it may be building up under the soil. They are hungry plants,so in pots they will need feeding. 

    Mine all overwintered in the ground, but it wasnt a cold winter, try taking some seeds off them just in case they die.

    By the way, the seeds you sent me have made fantastic plants, i am very pleased with them.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,998

    Dearest Lyn, I know we're practically neighbours, but I'd never risk mine in the ground here. All lifted and into the polytunnel .

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,998

    can I just say that " dahlia's" implies something belonging to a dahlia. The plural of dahlia is simply , dahlias. ( no apostrophe )

    Off back into Pendants' corner( i.e. the corner of more than one Pedant.) . image

    Devon.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,208

    Pedant or pendant, is there such a thing as a pedantic pendant?

    In the North Dahlias get lifted, dried out, wrapped in newspaper and stored in cool porch.

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  • Tricia bTricia b Posts: 40

    Verdun, that is what my dahlias are usually like, I'm on the south coast and never dig them up and they come back year after year after disappearing to nothing during the winter, this has been really disappointing to just get the odd flower.  As it has happened on all of them I am wondering if, as someone suggested they could have been fed too much and just produced a load of very healthy looking leaves.  

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,998

    sorry punkdoc, 

    There is such a thing as a slightly tiddly, should have been in bed Pedant. image

    Devon.
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