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ONce seen as a bit brash, dahlias have become the darling of the horticultu­ral community.

Tubers, pictured, can be started now, in 2 or 3-litre pots, half filled with peat- free multipurpo­se compost.

Place your tuber in the middle with the stem pointing upwards and cover. Water it lightly and place in a frostfree place.

Don’t water again until the first shoots appear after about two to three weeks. Pinch out the tip of the main shoot back to a pair of healthy leaves, then remove all but five shoots. it may seem cruel but will result in a stronger, bushier plant.

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