buds ok-looking? (pic)

linaria_gwMay 13, 2013

Hi there,
I`d like a comment on those Dahlia buds. It is a newly bought Taratahi Ruby, ordered from a grower. I dont have too much experience with tubers. I am slightly concerned by the cluster formed by those buds. The tuber was in a parcel. So I wonder whether this is just due to some bumping and rougher handling which probably caused earlier buds to break off or an early sign of disease? Thanks for hints,

bye, Lin

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I think it is just scabbing over from broken sprouts. The smaller ones will grow. It sure doesnt look like any type of rot that I have seen.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 6:56AM
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Tubers quite often sprout while in storage. Most vendors cut off the sprout before shipping. They do this because the sprout will often fall off during shipping. When this happens, customers get worried that the tuber is now dead and contact the vendor for new one. Dahlias almost always sprout again from the same eye or another eye and this is a good picture of that process.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 10:46AM
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Thanks for your helpful answers.
I guess I am slightly paranoid because I kind of started a collection this season (picked about 20 new cultivars which is a big leap for me) and I was just worried that this wasn`t an early stage of crown gall or something nasty.

And yes, it did sprout, I marked the pott and it sent up two nice shoots.

So a great Dahlia season to you, bye, Lin

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 2:46PM
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