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Post by polgara on 21st September 2010, 4:22 pm



I have for the first time managed to grow some dhalias from seed. They have been really lovely, but what do I need to do to try & save them for next year?

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Post by Compostwoman on 21st September 2010, 4:29 pm

Hmm I kept mine going by digging uo the tubers when the foliage had died back, before a hard frost, trimming any dead bits off and storing them in a box of sand. Then re planting them out in the spring...

but I don't know if that is the proper way to do it....and have not grown any for more than 13 years, now...they were at our old house and we moved 13 years ago, today!

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Post by Guest on 21st September 2010, 5:27 pm

Well done Pol! :bigclap: Were they from your own plants?
Whether you leave Dhalias in the ground or not has to be a balance on how much the are worth to you verses how deep your frosts go. When I was in the south of England I would have just covered them with compost. I even do that here despite the really cold winters but I do plant them deep. I also loose the really fancy ones this way. The simple daisy ones and the spiky ones next to the big shrubs keep turning up again each spring!
You made me think to look for seed heads as it is September (time to collect them!)

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Post by polgara on 21st September 2010, 5:40 pm

Digging up soulds like a good idea as they are in an ornamental wheelbarrow. Thanks

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Post by Compostwoman on 21st September 2010, 6:45 pm

Could you just protect the wheelbarrow? With bubble wrap or some such?

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Post by Lottie on 21st September 2010, 7:20 pm

Living in the hottishishish Easty bit, I used to leave mine out... til I lost the lot last winter... Rolling Eyes I shall now be diggin them up and storing them frost free... I have one left... Laughing

Well done you, I love them! So many types and colours, bootiful Very Happy

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Post by Mike on 25th September 2010, 2:31 pm

In my climate where the ground freezes several feet deep no alternative to digging them.

I used to store in peat in metal trash cans (what you call "bins") so the rodents couldn't get to them while overwintering in the cellar. Not a lot of sand around here and the peat became the next year's garden supply. Not as clean doing root veggies that way but no need save and strerilize sand.

Last winter I skipped the peat and they came through fine just "naked" in the bins. Actually we always have one or two growing in large pots and any of those aren't dug; the whole pot moved to the cellar. (We take one of these, in flower if we can, to an event where they are auctioned off as part of fundraising).

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