One of the people who purchased Dahlia cuttings from me this year just called. They bought Bodacious and Cabana Banana. The Bodacious (she thinks) is ~22" tall, while the Cabana Banana is a pitiful 10".
Cuttings for these were taken in early April, and should have left me at least 10" tall.
I'm told they are getting lots of sun, and as much water as I'm getting. My Bodacious and Cabana Banana are both >4' tall and blooming well.
There are no bugs other than earwigs (which I thought only really bothered flowers) and there haven't been any rabbits or other toppers.
Can anyone suggest why they'd be so short compared to my own? We are blocks apart, so conditions should be pretty much the same. I've asked her to do a soil test, although I admit I don't know what the soil test numbers *should* be to be good. I just figured the test might reveal some problem.
She hasn't fertilized, so I have recommended a couple of Jobe's sticks for each.