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Will dahlias left in pots survive over winter (saving on storage etc,)? If so, will they need to be freshly potted next year? I have these plants for a few years and have been lifting them after the first frost. sylvester, , Posted: 21/09/2016

The survival of dahlias outdoors depends on how hard are winter frosts.

In pots they are more prone to frost but are easily moved under cover. 

If they are filling the pots, they will need a bigger pot and repotting. 


Indoor Lilly plant

I bought indoor Lily plant, it had very beautiful scented flowers but in few days all gone and branches died as well , can I regrow that from same branches and roots next year or how to take care of that? sualeha, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 15/09/2016

Leave it in the pot, stems and all, and put it outdoors.

It might recover next spring from the lily bulbs in the pot. Watch for snails when the new shoots appear in spring. 


Dahlia re grow?

From my dahlia plant in pot 1 branch broken which has many leaves , flowers and buds. Can I regrow that branch into a new plant after applying rooting powder and plant into a pot? sualeha, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 15/09/2016

No, the branch will not sprout roots as it is too late in the year.

But the plant itself will be fine and you can always take cuttings of new shoots next spring or early summer.

  Tall Begonia

Tall Begonia

I have grown tuberous begonias in pots for the first time this year and was amazed with the height of this magnificent specimen. It is 77 cm (30") tall. Do they usually grow to this height? MckenzieF1, Carrickmcross, Co Monaghan Posted: 27/08/2016

They can grow that tall, though usually less. The wall next to it probably encouraged it upwards.

  unusual growth on a Regale Lily

unusual growth on a Regale Lily

The stem has grown flat and the flower head is covered with over a hundred blooms,it is in perfect health and is blooming profusely, height is over 7 feet and it is in a pot with two other lilies which are growing in the normal way 210720161, Cobh, Co Cork Posted: 22/07/2016

This is called fasciation where the stem multiplies but does not split.

It is an occasional curiosity to do with cell division.


Tulip bulbs

I have just removed 20 Golden Apeldoorn Tulip Bulbs, which I planted last October, from a large pot to make room for summer bedding. I have read that it is not worth keeping Tulip Bulbs for later planting as they often don't flower again or do so very erratically. Whats your view on reusing Tulip Bulbs. Should I throw them away and get new ones in the Autumn? DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 11/07/2016

Plant the spent bulbs in the garden, somewhere well drained, adding some sand perhaps, and there is a fair chance they will build up again to flowering size. But they will not be useable again for pots.


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