Was this Dahlia crop a failure?
I'm in Northern New Jersey, and for the first time this year I ordered and planted a variety of Dahlia plants. Only one has put out a lot of blooms (Amber Queen). Fire Magic has produced exactly two flowers. It and a couple of other varieties (Buffie G , Ruskin Gypsy & Cornel) have produced some little buds that are sitting there doing nothing. Is it early in the bloom season for these, or should I have had flowers by now?
Has anyone else in my region had a problem this year? We did have a cool spring and some ghastly heat this summer. Your thoughts?
p.s. I planted them with some bone meal and Flower Tone in each hole, and kept up with watering during the heat wave.