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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.



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.



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.


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