Karma Pinching?

monet_gJune 18, 2009

I have a couple of new Karma dahlias planted out and I understand that they are a bit different than most. I have already pinched one at the 5th set of leaves on the recommendation of the CDS's website which is based on the bloom size. Now I'm wondering should they be pinched at all? If so, should it be at the 5th set of leaves? Thanks

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Poochella(7 WA)

You'll get more branching and more flowers if you pinch them. I aim for 4 sets of true leaves, always miss some, and do some early because I'm too busy to wait. It doesn't seem to make an earth-shattering difference to the average grower, but if you don't pinch you'll get leggier plants and fewer blooms.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 10:11PM
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monet_g

Thanks so much. I'll pinch my Karmas at 4 sets of leaves. I certainly want to get the most out of this Dahlia season.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 7:47AM
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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

Great advice, Poochella. I would have said exactly that.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 6:14PM
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