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jeatacake

St Helens (zone 9a) I grow flowers, fruit & veg in some great clay soil here. Prefer the exotic & unusual & to share tips, ideas, seeds etc.

Dahlia imperialis

  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2016
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jeatacake

Stage 1 - What a job it was to dig up this monster & keeping it relatively intact (as far as its tubers go). No comments about about the red gardening gloves btw 😕

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wesleybrian

Wow I've never seen a tree dahlia before! really cool 😍👌

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jeatacake

@wesleybrian Cheers! It's a good 7ft+ tall now & on Steve's advice @lamaisonbleueoleron I dug it up & shifted it to the greenhouse. Apart from protecting it from the frost, it may also prolong the season enough to get it to flower, as they are very late to flower in UK conditions.

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rachelbrooks

It's a whopper! You're going to need a big pot! 😁

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Keely

Gosh that's huge surprised it fit in greenhouse but best safe than sorry 👍

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jeatacake

@rachelbrooks It's in a very big pot & I had to really twist & bend the tubers to fut but all in! It was a really tricky operation, but hopefully worth it.

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jeatacake

@keely. It surprised me how well it grew. It was only about a foot or so night when I planted it out in late spring. I have another on the go which is the same size as this was in the spring. Hopefully, an Indian summer in the greenhouse with prompt it to flower, fingers crossed. 😊

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gjones

Wow that really got huge!

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pauline33

Will you keep it in the pot now rather than plant it🤔

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jeatacake

@pauline33 I think I will now, especially if I can get it to flower in the greenhouse, as it could be even bigger next year & much harder to dig up!

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pauline33

That's what I would do Jeff I'm no dahlia grower but always feel if roots or tubers/bulbs are restricted they are more likely to flower 👍😉

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jeatacake

Actually @pauline33 that is a very good point 👍 I think you might be on to something there. You'll see it here first if it does flower! 😁

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