Michael in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, asks: Dahlia tubers that were stored in peat moss in the basement have started to send up shoots. They’re in the coldest part of the basement, but it is 14 to 16°C in the room with about 35% humidity. Should the sprouts be trimmed off? Left alone? Nick Vanderheide of Creekside Growers in Delhi, Ontario, says: The issue at hand … [Read more...] about What to do when stored dahlia tubers sprout early?
One of the benefits of belonging to plant societies is receiving their informative journals. The December 2012 journal published by the Cyclamen Society (cyclamen.org) in Great Britain has an article entitled, “A Decent Peat-Free Compost,” by the society’s treasurer, Keith Fry. Many gardeners are eager to learn more about using coir as a substitute for peat moss, so I’ll share … [Read more...] about Substituting coir for peat moss
This slow, cool spring is frustrating for gardeners, but good for perennial plants. Their roots are growing in the soil, weeks ahead of first shoots appearing above ground. New root growth enlarges their clumps, and they’ll be better prepared for summer droughts that may be ahead. The cool dampness also prolongs the bulb display, giving us a long look at the spring garden. This … [Read more...] about Minor bulbs make a big impact