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I've just bought this dahlia 'cactus stars favourite' I don't grow dahlias and need help. It's in many pieces and some 'fingers' are broken across like bottom left and some hanging by threads. I have before now seen Franks excellent dahlia blog and will revisit but I lack confidenceand don't know about broken ones:-)



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Hi Bornagain iv just added your Gorgeous Dahlia to the Dahlia Page so u can look@the Related Questions found 2the Right of this Comments Box ,Good Luck Jacx

12 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks Jacque, I'll learn to navigate this site one day lol:-)

12 Jan, 2010

 

YW BornA :) Im sure sum memebers will also give u some helpful advice :)Im looking to grow Dahlias myself this year but not purcahed any yet cos theres so many Beautys 2 choose from :)

12 Jan, 2010

 

Mine was only £1.49 from Wilkinsons, but I bet if I had waited they would be reduced, but I fell in love and there would probably not be this type left:-)

12 Jan, 2010

 

OMG Wilkisons Sell these 4 £1.49 ?? Thanks 4 sharing that BornA il pop in my Wilks 2morrow&see what Colours they have :)

12 Jan, 2010

 

My mistake, it was £1.48:-)

12 Jan, 2010

 

hi, the big bit [main tuber] with the pieces hanging off it needs potting into a big deep pot so the top of it is just under the surface. shake the pot so compost gets between all the pieces. water sparingly and keep frost free.
The smaller pieces may have active growth points but usually I dont find they do. lay them horizontal just under the surface of the compost in other pots. unless you can tell which is the top of the piece in which case top end up. If nothing appears by late may then remove them and throw them on the compost heap.

hope this makes sense. if not ask for more clarification :o)
ts beautiful mind.

12 Jan, 2010

 

Those that have just about broken straight across like bottom left , should I take it off altogether or leave it? and those hanging by thread should I leave on? is the big one viable without 'fingers' ? I'm afraid it must have got knocked about a bit in my bag:-(

12 Jan, 2010

 

try and leave as many on as possible as they are food reserves and the threads will swell and provide a life line from the food reserves to the main tuber.

12 Jan, 2010

 

Brilliant, thanks Sbg:-)

12 Jan, 2010

 

When can I start and where's best to keep it 'til i do?

13 Jan, 2010

 

I plant mine as soon as i get them so the tubers gain a little moisture.They are often over warm in the shops and as they dry they become less viable. it is important to keep them cool but frost free. mine are in the coalhouse which is part of the garage. marginally warmer than my very frozen greenhouse at the moment. I will bring them into the greenhouse late feb where they will be allowed to strat growing. I'll give them some water , just moist until i see shoots. if there are a lot of shoots i will remove an odd one and dip it in hormone rooting powder and pot it up like any cutting. plants for free:o)

14 Jan, 2010

 

Sorry to be thick 8~/ If I pot it up now, should I moisten the compost or just leave it? I do have a cool garage with quite a bit of light where I have put it in a cardboard box thinking it might be too warm in the house. I could move it to front porch when it shows:-)

14 Jan, 2010

 

if the tuber feels a bit flexible [like a parsnip/ carrot left in the veg box for a week :o)] then use damp compost as it [usually] comes out of the bag. then that will be enough to help rehydrate it. they wont need light until the shoots start to show. then come feb/march front porch sounds good. increase the watering so compost is just damp not soaking.
and no you are not being thick, so dont worry about asking questions. :o)

14 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks Sbg :-))

15 Jan, 2010

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