Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keep Feeding and Watering Those Potted Dahlias

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keep Feeding and Watering Those Potted Dahlias

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WHILE everything else in the garden is fading, the blousy blooms of dahlias are still going strong. But how do you grow them in pots and what are the best varieties to try? You can now buy much more compact plants, thanks to advanced breeding techniques. These will provide you with bushy plants with interesting foliage and flowers that hold themselves above the leaves. The dark-leaved cultivars are a feature in themselves.

PLANTING UP PLANT tubers in John Innes No.3 loam-based compost and insert slowrelease fertiliser tablets at planting time to keep the plant well fed. Use pots at least 30cm in diameter to give the tuber plenty of room to grow. As the shoots reach 10-12cm, pinch out the tops to boost bushy growth.

FEED AND WATER REMEMBER that dahlias are really hungry plants, so will need regular feeding and watering; if they get too dry, they are susceptible to powdery mildew. …

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