Part 2 – Progress of PURPLE GEM (CACTUS) & NATAL RED (POMPOM) – 3 months on

3 months ago I purchased the following 2 dahlia tubers:

  1. Purple gem (Cactus) Dahlia from ebay.co.uk
  2. Natal Red (Pompom) Dahlia from Wilkinsons online.

Both tubers have grown great! (See 17 Apr 14 for original post)

1. Purple gem (Cactus) Dahlia

Purple Gem dahlia is growing very well. I purchased it from ebay for approx £5 including postage and it arrived in great condition. I actually divided the tuber into 2 pots as it was so large. It has grown well and I can’t wait for it to flower.

This is what Purple Gem should look like once it grows (according to the packet)

Dahlia_Purple gem (cactus)

First half of dahlia tuber grown in large pot.

Dahlia Purple Gem 1dIMG_5931-2 IMG_5933-3

Second half of dahlia tuber grown in smaller pot, as this had less stems.

Dahlia Purple Gem 2bIMG_5940-5

 

2. Natal Red (Pompom) Dahlia

Natal Red is growing really well and has lots of buds, so really looking forward to this flowering. The tuber didn’t look in great condition when I purchased it from Wilkinson’s for 99p, but now I see it was a bargain.

Dahlia Natal gDahlia Natal cIMG_5921-1 IMG_5923-3 IMG_5927-7

I lover Dahlia tubers – they are so much more reliable than buying cuttings. They grow quicker and more sturdier. Look out for future updates when I will post pictures of the flowers 🙂

 

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