Plant Lover Reborn!!

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » April 30th, 2013, 9:04 am

My Delhias are doing great. In fact some of the plants have so many large size flowers (5 to 6 inch at least) that I have to put multiple supports to keep them standing :)

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Look at this plant which is bearing 13 large size flowers. I think the combined weight of all these flowers should not be less than a Kg. Ojhri fertiliser seems to have worked well for dehlias.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by aykhan » April 30th, 2013, 9:57 am

Is this one in the ground?

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » April 30th, 2013, 2:45 pm

Yes... all of them are in ground. :)

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by Hamad Ahmed Kisana » April 30th, 2013, 4:33 pm

you have proved KBW that you are real plant lover.your dahlias are healthy.and what is condition of your double gerberas mine in sunlight are feeling heat and flowers bow at day time.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by Kaleem » April 30th, 2013, 5:00 pm

Beautiful and healthy plants.
Usually Dahlia tubers rot in the rainy season. I always pulled out before rainy season and plant again in fall. Before planting again, always Prepare bed with the mixture of old cow manure and DIP.
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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » April 30th, 2013, 7:03 pm

@hakraza
Brother my Gerberas are doing well. In our weather, they do well in dappled shade or filtered sunlight. DRAINAGE is extremely important. You can see details here...
http://www.gardeningpakistan.com/viewto ... 0&start=10


@Kaleem
I normally take the cuttings of the best strains during monsoon and do not rely on tubers as they tend to be unpredictable in our climate. I however leave them in ground normally and better drainage areas, some of them do survive but I am not banking on them anyway. In my view, Dahlias perform the best through cuttings. This year, I feel I have been able to get a good bloom primarily due to better soil preparation on which I laid lot of emphasis. Lot of humus material and organic fertilisers plus a regular application of SSP. No urea or DAP.
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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by UMARKHANMARDAN » May 1st, 2013, 12:21 am

KBW your Dahlia is so good.Frankly speaking Dahlia really does good from cuttings.From tubers it do not perform like it does from cuttings planted in mid August.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by rafique » May 1st, 2013, 9:50 am

Really healthy Dhalia plant and flowers. I had seen this health and beauty of dhalias in Murree not in our hot regions. Great effort and reward.
Is it planted in full sun,partial early morning sun or some where under the shade of tree?
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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » May 3rd, 2013, 8:40 pm

Umar bhai, absolutely right. I have never depended on dehlia tubers in the hotter areas. Cuttings do the best and is a far easier method than attempting to save the tubers. :)

rafique bhai, these dahlias are planted in full sun. To get a bigger bloom, soil preparation is very important. During march, I do not let the small plants grow at their own and keep cutting the tops with a sharp scissors. Initial buds are also plucked and the plant is not allowed to flower. It becomes a compact, healthy and bushy plant by end march. And than by second week april, it is set free. Now after a while I will again cut them to 6-8 inches height. This will reduce the surface area and the plant will be able to survive Okara heat better though it won't be easy. In the meanwhile, many cuttings have already been planted in the shade so even if I loose them in heat, new plants would be available. In monsoon, good drainage is to be ensured.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » May 15th, 2013, 7:47 am

I am in total confirmity with KBW. I might restart growing them.

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