My beautiful dahlias

mirekAugust 27, 2007

I very-very love my dahlias! I live in Minsk (Belarus, Eastern Europe).

I don't know how show images in this forum. I shall try to do it.

And I want to discuss some growing secrets with other gardeners.

Here is a link that might be useful: Some of my dahlias

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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

They are beautiful dahlias, mirek. I love my dahlias as well. Your secrets are working well for you.

What secrets do you wish to share with us?

This is a dahlia hedge taken this morning. The ones at the front are magnificent, also.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 10:27AM
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Oh, thank You very much for quick answer!

Your dahlia hedge is magic! My hedge consist from one sorte 'Vuurvogel' (near 20 plants):

I try read all messages to know some agricultural methods, but my English not very well - I read slowly.

You (Canada, USA and others) have very rich dahlia traditions with societies and shows. It is my dream: to see one of them.

Here is a link that might be useful: My laciniated dahlias

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 3:18PM
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Poochella(7 WA)

A lovely collection you have Mirek. I especially like the Fubuki varieties, but they're all pretty. And your hedge of Vuurvogel is impressive!

JRoot, that photo is so inviting. Your hedge is amazing.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 4:49PM
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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

Mirek, it is so enlightening to talk to fellow gardeners from "the other side of the world" about these beautiful flowers which we all love so much. Thanks for sharing with us your wonderful photos of your beautiful flowers.

My secret is to start them early inside, and gradually get the young plants acclimatized to the sun. When all danger of frost is past, then I plant them in a sunny location. I admit that I do feed them regularly with a fertilizer with a higher middle number to stimulate earlier blooming. I stop all fertilizing at least a month before frost comes in the autumn. Then they are carefully dug up, cleaned, dusted with a fungicide, labelled and wrapped, and finally put into my cold cellar with does NOT freeze for the winter.

What are your secrets?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:37AM
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Two of the best secrets of growing dahlias are to pinch out the tip of the main stem while the plants are still small. See:

AND to disbud the flowering stems before the side stems overgrow or crowd into the single flower you want to keep. See:

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 1:32PM
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