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Dahlia bishop of llandaff - Planting, keeping inside?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject: Dahlia bishop of llandaff - Planting, keeping inside? Reply with quote

Hi,

I've just been offered a Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff plant and I don't know what to do with it...

I read that it needed to be planted in spring after the last risk of frost...
And well... we are in September and going towards the risks of frost...

Should I keep it inside in a pot until next Spring? Or plant it nonetheless?

Thanks for your tips!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe keep it in a pot and plant it in the spring and let it get established......and leave it alone after that ? That may be safest plan.
I never lift my dahlias and I was certain they would all be dead after the cold of last winter, but many of them survived.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, me again!

I kept the Dahlia inside, but now it looks completely dead. I think it got too hot, probably/maybe not enough light... water... I am not sure, but it dried out completely.

I cut a few of the branches and I am sure that the roots are still alive and that it would come back to life once planted, but do you think I should keep it inside until spring or plant it now and cover it (with leaves?) to protect it from the cold?

It's a gift so I would like it to flower next year in my garden!

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep it inside and plant it out in spring.....tubers can look dried out and dead....but they're probably fine......
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thanks! Should I keep it in the bright spot and water regularly?

Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I'm no expert, but I would leave the tubers in a pot, covered with compost, and in a frost-free place.....a shed or garage. Light not necessary ! I don't think you should water them...unless someone else has better advice......
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sjohanna wrote:
Hi, me again!

I kept the Dahlia inside, but now it looks completely dead. I think it got too hot, probably/maybe not enough light... water... I am not sure, but it dried out completely.

I cut a few of the branches and I am sure that the roots are still alive and that it would come back to life once planted, but do you think I should keep it inside until spring or plant it now and cover it (with leaves?) to protect it from the cold?

It's a gift so I would like it to flower next year in my garden!

Thanks,

Johanna


Sives advice is right.
If you want you can use the storage method that I use for dahlias I lift from the ground. Cut back the old stems to about 6 inches from the ground. Dig them up carefully. Hang them in a mesh bag from the ceiling of a shed, with the hollow stems pointing down to allow any trapped water out.
Once the remaining soil has dried around the tubers, remove it gently. Then put the roots in boxs or pots of bone dry peat moss or vermiculite, with the stems pointing up. Do not cover the stems. Store in a cool frost free garage or shed. Inspect them every so often for mould on the tubers (cut out) or mice damage (set traps)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for both of you for your advices!

I think I will keep them in the garage for the winter, in the pot, as I am not sure about the digging option.

But I might go for the second option next winter if they survived to this one!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen Dahlias left in the Ground over Winter covered with an Aero-board Box ladened down with a Rock, They survived too.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some dahilia's are more hardier than others, and for many years some varieties have happily remained the in the ground over winter. The Bishop's are exactly hardy.

The last winter would have killed off quite a few more, except for the bunch of yellow Dahlias flourishing along a west facing wall, which I pass on the way from town.

p.s you can also store your Dahlia tubers in vermiculite.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Father-in-law was an experienced Gardener until his Death some years ago,he always dug them up for Winter and stored them in his Green-House but for the past number of years with age hitting the rest of the Family its to much effort now hence the Aero-board Method,but I've no doubt the Soil condition of his Garden which would make Monty Don envious played a big part in the success of his Plants.
When we lived in Wexford he once told me he would give his Pension for a Truck load of Wexford Soil,it was a Golden Red colour the best he'd ever seen,and cuttings from Garnish Island in Cork are now flourishing in his Garden,I was only beginning to take to Gardening at the time of his Death and unfortunatly was unable to appreciate his genius,he knew every Plant by its Latin Name not many of todays"Professionals" could equal that.
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