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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.


Waterfall Begonias

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. 


Re-using spring bulbs

When bulbs are grown in pots and removed in the summer can they be repotted for a second year? Mannin, Moycullen, Co Galway Posted: 25/10/2015

When bulbs have been flowered once in a pot, they rarely build up the energy to flower again in the following years as they are limited by the volume of compost in the pot.

Instead, plant them out in a border and let them take their chances. 


montbretia bulbs

I am looking to source 150 -300 bulbs, do you have any suggestions please? amlou, dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 05/10/2015

Try Mr Middleton in Dublin.


Orange lilies

Many years ago an article was published in "The Irish Garden" about the traditional Orange and Easter lily commonly grown in Irish gardens. I specifically want to know the botanic name of the traditional Irish Orange lily. Other Lilies that are orange are available but these are not the one's I remember from childhood. They had tiny black or brown spots on the petals. Would they still be grown in some gardens? WJR1, Warrenpoint, Co Down Posted: 17/09/2015

You are probably thinking of the 'tiger lily', Lilium tigrinum, a robust and long-lasting lily, popular in cottage gardens.


weeds where bulbs planted

I have planted spring bulbs on my bank and there is a load of weeds in the area. If I use weedkiller will I kill my bulbs too. muirsheen10, New ross , Co Wexford Posted: 03/09/2015

Weedkiller can get down through holes to reach bulbs and can cause damage. Best to use a hoe but before the bulbs begin to sprout.


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