Where did I go wrong with 1st Dahlia?
I am a big fan of Dahlias and tried my first this year, an "intermediate" size. Early in the season, things were great, it bloomed, rested, bloomed and grew reasonably well in the foliage department. I fertilized it about monthly with MiracleGro.
I also tried to "pinch the leaves back" as they say to do but I think I may have pinched the wrong ones. I pinched on the bottom, not the top of the plant. All of a sudden, about end July or so, the plant got HUGE. Like it was on steriods or something. It also stopped blooming completely. It has not bloomed since, even once.
Where did I go wrong? Did I pinch the wrong leaves? I stopped fertilizing and I'm ready to remove it at this point. I don't plan to store the tuber over the winter, and I don't think it will bloom again.
I would like to try a couple of new ones next year, as I really like dahlias. But first I need to know what I did wrong.