Dahlia Blooms are Failing!
This is my fourth year of growing dahlias. Every year I notice that the majority of my buds seem to rot before they even have a chance to bloom. If I pull one of the failed blooms apart they are rather spongy and have an offensive odor. The only thing that I can think of is that some bug is laying eggs in the bud and the offspring is eating the bud from the inside. Has anyone seen this before? Does anyone have any suggestions how to prevent this in the future? Much appreciated!