Direction of shoot before planting, etc.
I just planted my 3 dahlias-Giggles, Bumble Rumble and Fuzzy Wuzzy. Tried to follow diagram from Swan Islands. It was confusing, as each tuber had a small shoot already growing, and their diagram did not. I now think that I may have planted them with the shoot facing downwards, or at least sideways, instead of facing upward. :0(
It rained last night...should I let everything dry out a little and then dig them up carefully and replant with the white shoot facing upward?
I have tomato cages around each planting...and planted with about 1/2 topsoil and 1/2 MG peat moss...replacing our almost 100% pure clay soil! (Believe it or not, the name of the town I live in is Clay!) I used MG peat moss, as the fertilizer in it seemed on the weak side, but it was nicer texture than the regular peat moss. I did not add any other bone meal or fertilizer.
Oh, and now I'm realizing that slugs/spider mites might be a problem...can anyone suggest an easy spray or "bait" to use proactively? We grow a lot of roses, but only use fungicide, don't like using Sevin etc., as we want our bees and ladybugs!
Thanks for all your help! :0) Phyl