Flowers : Bulbs
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Pinching out Dahlias
If I pinch out the main shoots of my Dahlia plants at 3 sets of leaves (18-20") to promote bushier growth, by how much roughly would this reduce the eventual height. I have a few tall varieties (40-48") but my site can get windy conditions at times. I have shorter cvrs but I would like to keep these tall ones. I have staked them but this looks ugly.
DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 17/04/2016
Pinching out the shoots will reduce the eventual height but not by much, perhaps 15 to 25 cm
Iris reticulata leaves
The leaves on my Iris reticulata are extremely long, to the extent that they actually take from the display, its like looking at the flower through the bars of a cage. Can you tell me what may have caused this please?
DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 29/03/2016
Iris reticulata leaves usually appear as the flowers fade, and the leaves are relatively long in order to build up the flower for the following year.
The flowers appear while the weather is still quite cold, while the leaves grow when the timperature rises, as it does when they are pot-grown and taken indoors.
spring and flower bulbs
I planted some Oriental and Asiatic lilies in pots and left them in the shed maybe until they start sprouting because there is still frost outside so hope this is ok? Also is there any other flower bulb that I could plant now in pots for spring and summer?
Daniela, Carlow, Co Carlow Posted: 19/02/2016
Those lilies are hardy in any case and can be left oudoors.
Start off dahlias, cannas and begonias in March.
I have just bought a couple of dahlias to plant in a pot but I wonder if it is still too cold to leave them outside? Should I wait to plant or could I keep the vase inside? I don't have a green house only a shed where there is no sunlight but could I keep inside my house I actually have a small space.
Daniela, Carlow, Co Carlow Posted: 13/02/2016
Dahlia tubers can be started off in suitable pots and planted out at the end of May, Carlow is a relatively cold area and there is still a danger at the end of May, so they might need to stay under cover into June.
Starting the tubers in mid-February means that you need a place to keep them frost-free, bright and sunny and watered and fed with liquid feed.
Dahlias - stored
It said last week to check on stored dahlias to make sure they have not dried out. I thought that the idea of storing them was to make sure that they are dry before being put away so that they don't rot. I dried mine & put them in newspaper in a box. Surely if I take them out and soak them, it defeats the purpose of storing them dry?
henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 06/01/2016
Dahlias are best allowed to dry off before storage, but loss of moisture can continue in store and become excessive and the tubers may shrivel and die.
If they are shrivelled, they can be soaked, allowed to dry off reasonably well and returned to storage.
As shoots begin to appear, keep a close watch for greenfly.
We've just brought in our Waterfall Begonias to overwinter indoors. How often should they be watered? I ask this because if planted in the ground, you dig up the tubers and bring them in to dry out so would watering them kill them off?
Arwen, Rathdowney, Co Laois Posted: 29/10/2015
They are taken in when frost arrives and slowly allowed to dry off. The tubers can be kept in the pots, dry, or taken out and stored in almost dry compost and started into growth again in spring.