My dahlia growing season is underway

steve22802(7a VA)March 21, 2013

Is anyone else getting their dahlias off to an early start this year? I had good success last year getting earlier blooms by starting the tubers ahead of time in pots and then transplanting them into beds after last frost. This year I'm getting a bit carried away with early starts.

I've run out of pots and now I'm converting misc 1 gallon jugs into pots. By the way, the big jugs of water are thermal mass to help hold heat overnight. When a really cold freeze in the lower 20sF is expected (like tonight) I cover the water jugs and pots with blankets and they stay well above freezing even though the temperature inside the greenhouse may dip a bit below freezing. (I don't have any kind of heater in the greenhouse, just solar heated water.)

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steve22802(7a VA)

The outdoor temps here dipped to right around 20F last night. Inside my unheated greenhouse it was a tender plant damaging 29F and a small freeze testing bowl of water froze a 1/4 inch thick. But happily under my protection zone of water jugs and blankets the temperature stayed at an acceptable 41F degrees. :) Many of my early start dahlias have leaves out already and would likely have been badly setback without the extra protection.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 8:22AM
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keep on keeping on. Sounds good to me Steve.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 6:22PM
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