Supporting dahlias with netting

ceh2101May 25, 2010
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mandolls(4)

I am pretty sure that is welded wire fencing, not netting. I saw some one using it for cut flowers to be sold. First layer is placed about 18 " off the ground, and then additional layers added as the plants grow through them. You better have some heavy duty stakes or you could lose them all if it topples.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 6:20PM
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RoseAbbey

This is my first year growing dahlias. I planted tubars my neighbour gave me into large pots. They have grown about 1 foot height now, I placed a tomato cage over the plant, instead of staking it...will that do the trick?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 11:02AM
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ceh2101

Someone else on the forum does that, but puts the tomato cage upside down and then cuts off the wire at the top and bends it to make a stake to keep the upside down tomato cage in place.

I use the following:
staking
tomato cages upside down
green plastic tomato cages with movable connecting pieces (sorry this is not clear)
sheep's netting vertically in rows like in cut flower greenhouses

So far, I like the upside down tomato cages and the sheeps' netting best.

I have 250 plants, so staking takes too much time.

Hope that helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: pictures of tomato cages upside down

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 5:05PM
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RoseAbbey

why does the cage need to be upside down?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 6:08PM
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ceh2101

Because of the way the dahlia grows. It is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top where the flowers are blooming.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 11:47AM
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