Dahlia off to a bad start, cut back?

turquoise(5)June 13, 2009

Hi, I have a few dahlias that I overwintered. I didn't get them potted up soon enough after sprouting and one is pretty twisted. The other is upright and healthy, about 1.5-2'. Should I cut the sad one back to see if it'll regrow upright? Thanks!!

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Poochella(7 WA)

I hate those twisty stalks. You don't say how tall that one is, but maybe you could plant most of the twisty part underground and allow the end (hopefully, straighter) to remain outside to grow. Easier to stake and easier on the eyes too.

If that doesn't appeal to you, you can grow it twisty and hope it can be supported as is, or break it off and wait for the regrowth that almost always occurs. IMHO.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 6:39PM
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turquoise(5)

Burying it is a good idea. I had mounded up soil and then staked it, but I think I'll try to put more of under ground. They've both sprung up quite a bit, so I'm hoping it'll straighten out with a little help. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 9:51AM
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