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Storing Dahlia Tubers

I want to store my Dahlia tubers, which have been growing in the herbaceous borders, indoors over winter in pots. I read that they should be placed in Peat or sand but I'm wondering if I could use Multipurpose Compost instead? My long term plan is to put them back out in a coldframe in March/April before planting back out in the borders as young plants in late May/early June. DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 11/11/2016

Yes, multipurpose will be fine.Watch the moisture levels in the compost. Dry but not dust-dry and they might shrivel and need a soak for a day in winter to plump up.

 

Using aquatic pots

I was wondering if I could use aquatic pots for planting Tulips. I am considering starting the Tulips in these and once into growth I will put them in their final positions in the ground and in pots. Their final positions aren't available for a couple of months yet. These pots will also make removing bulbs after flowering very easy. DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 27/10/2016

There is no reason why not.

  Sardinian plant
 

Sardinian plant

On holidays last week (Mid Oct) and I came across this in a coastal forest in very sandy soil. It was the last of them, all the others had gone to seed. Any Idea what it is? I brought seed home but don't know what way to plant them. Aconite, , Posted: 19/10/2016

It looks like hymenocallis, related to hippeastrum.

  Dahlias
 

Dahlias

My dahlias (which I have for several years) produced a lot of leaves but not a lot of flowers this year. Why was that and how can I increase flowers next year? I don't lift them in winter. Munroe, ., Co Mayo Posted: 04/10/2016

When dahlias do not flower it could be due to the soil being too rich and moist, or too shaded, or too much competition from other plants, and possibly a late start due to snail damage to the new shoots of plants overwintered in the ground. Address one or more of these and use a high potash feed.

 

Dahlias

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. 

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