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Dahlia grief: Woe, woe, woe is me! Woe, woe! "What's the matter Jonathan?" Well my very elderly Dad, bless his heart, has so kindly come over to give me some help with my garden, as he so often does when I'm too unwell to do it myself. I think he mistook both my very beloved Dwarf ('Patio') Dahlias for some Begonias, and gave them the chop to the base. The tops were still green and hadn't done any dying back down at all yet. He's gone off somewhere, and I don't know where, so I can't contact him. When he comes back I shall say to him, "Look Dad, you have 50 years experience as an outstanding horticulturalist. You should be able to tell the difference between a Begonia and a Dahlia, so why did you karate them?!" He really is so kind, and I appreciate him so much. But he sometimes has these 'senior moments' of lapsing. Are they still going to be OK and grow back healthily come next spring?



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this is no worse than what the first frost would do so dont worry.
take them in to some where frost free to let them dry out. I'd lay the pot on to itside to help the stems drain.

25 Nov, 2009

 

Oh, that does sound good. So it won't matter. I have nowhere I can bring them which is frost free. No conservatory, shed or greenhouse. I can only add to it a bark chip mulch and tie bubble wrap around. That will have to see it through the winter.

25 Nov, 2009

 

what about a garage? certainly a deep protective mulch that stops the pot freezing will be fine.

25 Nov, 2009

 

Nope. No garage. Just a one bedroom flat, a patio, and a bit of path. That's my lot.

25 Nov, 2009

 

against the lea of the wall would be a good a place as any then.

25 Nov, 2009

 

Yes, that's a good idea. A bit more tucked away then.

25 Nov, 2009

 

yes it will give it the best chance of survival.

25 Nov, 2009

 

I would, if i had nowhere frost free to keep it, wrap the whole thing in 4 layers of fleece and stand it in a sheltered spot

25 Nov, 2009

 

Or bubble wrap. Will do.

25 Nov, 2009

 

Fleece is preferable to bubble wrap Jonathan if you can....bubble wrap will harbour moisture which would rot your tubers

25 Nov, 2009

How do I say thanks?

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