Forcing Dahlias

all_bout_flowersJuly 24, 2008

I am struggling to get my dahias past 12" high. Our rainy cold spring put them extremely behind I should be getting several bucket fulls by now. I have over 200 planted, does anyone know if you can do anything to get them growing sooner? Can you use hot caps in the spring if you are growing in a field? For now since it's July can you fertilize them with anything to boost their growth, they do get regular water.

Thanks,

Kathy

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nhdahlialover

I used Jobe's tomato spikes on mine as someone one the dahlia forum suggested. You could pot the tubers up in the spring to give them a headstart but with 200 plant that would take up a lot of space.

You could try reposting this on the dahlia forum for suggestions.
Hope this helps.
-Katy

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 8:52PM
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all_bout_flowers

Did the tomato spikes work?
Kathy

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 11:09AM
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nhdahlialover

This is my first time using them, but I have blooms earlier this year than I ever have before. I have quite a few blooming or with big buds and I didn't start any early this year. So in short I would say yes. Some people on the dahlia forum swear by them but others say it turns the tubers to mush over the winter.
-Katy

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 8:53PM
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flowers4u(z6 OR)

Kathy -
I think everything is behind here in north central Oregon. But, hopefully Trish can answer! I just cut my first 5 stems of dahlias this weekend. I have about 600 planted!
Just keep hoping for warm nights! The days have been ok, but the cool nights really put a damper on everything, including my mood!
Good luck,
Wendy

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 5:00PM
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all_bout_flowers

Wendy and Katy,
Thank you for replying. Wendy- I'm sorry you're struggling to. I'm hoping for a nice fall, but it is harder to sell bouquets after kids go back to school and vacations end.
Good Luck and let me know if things pick up,
Kathy

    Bookmark   August 3, 2008 at 10:31PM
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