I'm afraid I'm done with dahlias
I really am, Ladies & Gentlemen. Mine aren't even up a foot yet and here I have spidermites. AGAIN! I have had them for the last 3 years now (fine for the first two)and while I love my dahlias, I sure don't enjoy the heartbreak/ache I get discovering and battling those pests. Seeing those normally beautiful green leaves and stems becoming more and more stipled with yellow.... and I am tired of fretting about using chemicals and hurting or driving away my beautiful toads! No, spraying the undersides with water each morning just doesn't do it here. This year I was extra careful and disinfected pots, planters, everything with 10% bleach. Over the winter I "sulfured" my tubers and stored them with a system that yielded nearly 100% survival. Another bummer, last fall family and friends got "out-of-dahlias" and I adopted their orphans. (I just can't stand to let people put them out with the trash or leave 'em in the ground all winter!!!) Anyway, I know I'm venting (sorry) - next fall, but maybe I should winter them over first if they survive, I will offer them up for free adoption here on GardenWeb. I have dozens and dozens and dozens (my first year of such successful divisions too - drats!!!). Well, thanks for letting me cry on your ethereal internet shoulders.