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Dahlia Bishop of Llandaf

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    bill-lancaster Apprentice Gardener

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    We purchased this beautiful plant last summer and enjoyed it.
    Unfortunately I've only just looked up the care instructions and find that I should have lifted and stored the tubers in the autumn.
    Have had a careful look and can see tubers but there's no sign of growth.
    Am I too late?
     
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    Yes, it is a beautiful dahlia bill :)
    Do the tubers feel solid....not squishy, rotten? If solid I think you will be ok
    Dahlias are late emerging this year.
    I leave dahlias in the ground over winter.....mild here but elsewhere folk do the same. I think more dahlias are lost by digging up and overwintering in the gh than by leaving them in the ground.
     
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    My dahlia boleros are in pots by the front door. No signs of life there yet.

    G.
     
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    Encouraging, I'll check the tubers tomorrow
     
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    Mine are above ground now on the Allotment, I think it is often wet that kills Dahlias.
    In the Wirral you should be OK I would think, quite a mild area.

    But it's all about that neck of the plant, if the tubers feel solid but the neck has rotted, then the plant can't reshoot.
     
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      Mine are about 12" high but I am on light chalky soil that warms up quickly. I would have thought if they haven't woken up by now they must be dead, given the Wirral is pretty mild.
       
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        All my dahlias are through but many are 30 to 60 cm tall and bushy.
        They used to be anathema to me but now wouldnt be without them. This year, to add to the colour mix, I am growing tithonia torch so mid to late summer should be aglow esp with heleniums, cannas, salvias, persicarias etc. :) Just want...and expect.....a long hot summer:SUNsmile:
         
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        Where are my manners? Yes indeed, welcome bill. :)
         
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        Thanks for the several replies and welcomes(:smile:).
        The tubers feel firm and last year's stem also seems firm.
        I'll update this thread with any results.
         
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          Bill, the one and only time I dug up my dahlia tubers - and carefully stored them all away in the garage (like the experts tell us to) - I lost the lot because the bliddy mice ate them! :mad:
          Now, they stay in the ground - and if the frosts get them, at least I didn`t have all that extra work and messing about to do.
           
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            Good news. We have two small shoots at the base of the old stem.
             
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            Excellent bill. It will grow fast now :)
             

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