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Dahlia Care

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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 2:30am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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One plant we should grow more of is the easy to care for Dahlia today on Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Growing dahlias is not complicated. A good rule to follow for getting started is to plant your Dahlias tubers directly into the garden when you plant tomatoes, after there is little chance of a frost. Dahlias planted this way will typically bloom from mid-summer through the fall season.

If you want flowers earlier, you tubers indoors under lights along with your tomato seeds about a month before transplanting. If you don’t want to start your own, almost every garden center will have a good selection of blooming plants. Be sure to deadhead through the season, as this will encourage more blooms as the season progresses.

Collect the stems for indoor use is a great way to deadhead, and it doesn’t seem like work. Dahlia are perineal and normal recommendation are to dig and store the tubers after an onset of cold weather. For Dahlia grown in containers, prune the stems at the top of the growing mix and store in a cool dry location. If growing in ground, prune the stems at ground level, and mulch with about twelve inches of pine straw.

Either way, the following March, dig up and divide the tubers and replant when you transplant your tomatoes. I prefer to use Dahlias as annual color provided nothing special in terms of winter protection. I do this with most of the color plants I grow. This way, I am surprised when plants come back the following year.

I am horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

 

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