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Plant identity please

Plant identity please

What is this, coming up at the base of a Yucca? Finch, Wexford, Co Wexford Posted: 16/06/2016

It is hard to say from the photo, but it may be some sort of allium, which can be confirmed if it has an onion smell when crushed.



Is it too late for me to plant Dahlia tubers in pots? Those I planted directly in the ground have been destroyed by slugs/snails. I thought I might grow new tubers in pots and plant them out when they are mature. Don. DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 13/06/2016

It is not to late to buy ready-grown dahlia plants of the bedding kind.
It is too late to start tubers off and they are probably gone from the shops.



Could you tell me what this plant is? Bought it in Amsterdam recently as a novelty it grows without soil or water. Carrigjoe, Castlegregory, Co Kerry Posted: 20/05/2016

It is a dragon lily that produces a flower from the tuber, but will only last a while without being potted.


Cut down lilies by accident

I mistook the lily leaves and stems for ivy and chopped them down completely... what should I do to try and save the bulbs? lily136, , Posted: 18/05/2016

Leave them to recover. They will grow some new leaves though not flowers. They should come back to flower next year or the year after.


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.


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