Dahlias on Stakes
After perusing some of the posts here and seeing photos of folks' dahlia gardens, it appears many of you use a single stake to support your dahlias. I find this surprising, as most of my dahlias become quite large and bush-like, requiring more of a tomato cage support system. A single-stake system would certainly be more aesthetically pleasing in a garden border, so allow me to ask some questions.
Ã¯Â¿Â½ In order to use a single-stake support, do you need to prune off most of the plant, saving a single leader or two that can be easily tied to a stake?
Ã¯Â¿Â½ If you do trim off much of the plant, what affect does this have on flower production?
Ã¯Â¿Â½ At what intervals do you tie the plant to the stake? Every foot?
Ã¯Â¿Â½ What are you using for stakes? Wooden 1x1x6s?
Thanks in advance.