Planting out Spring 2008
Well, my cuttings sales have been slow, to say the least, and currently I have 341 cuttings in 4" pots. The beds I planned to have Dahlias in was supposed to hold 68 of them, the rest are "extras."
I have a 30Âx50Â-ish garden that used to be nothing but wildflowers, but IÂve decided it will be my unsold Dahlias. So IÂm preparing for a load of work to put in stakes and lines and such and make it like so many other Dahlia beds IÂve seen.
My current forecast calls for 6C weather overnight, and 3C next week (overnight), but I decided I would test the waters with a Lemon Tart. I have tons of them so if one dies, no problems. IÂm interested in seeing whether cold air does anything to it. WeÂre running below normal daytime highs, so I figure this is a good test of just how well Dahlias handle a light frost. I read in the archives of people who think that as long as the ground doesnÂt freeze too, itÂll be fine.
My only reference at this point is a Canna that lives in my pond. I brought it in for the winter and put it out a week ago, and it promptly lost leaves and a flower that was ready to bloom. IÂm putting that down to putting it into pretty cold water (45F) without any hardening.
Since mine are all cuttings, with no tubers to feed or sustain them, I kinda feel like IÂm breaking new territoryÂat least as far as the forums go. I know that tubers would be more than fine right now, but since mine are almost all above ground, itÂs a new experience.
Anyone else doing this?? Anyone with experience?