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It is waaaaay too early to plant in Massachusetts, right?

Posted by dahlialove 6 (My Page) on
Fri, May 11, 12 at 14:44

I mean especially since it is going to be cloudy with a 30-50% chance of rain for 5 days after tomorrow? I feel like the chance of frost is gone (did I just jinx all of us?), but is it bad to plant before several days of cloud cover/possible rain? Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, 70 degrees, and ideal for planting. Our beds are all set to go!

I just remember planting in May once and meeting a member of our local dahlia society and her looking at me like I had 2 heads when I told her I had already planted.

Anyone have any idea how bad this might or might not be? My house is looking a little more cluttered than I like with over 4o dahlia plants scattered throughout. I guess it isn't that big of a deal to wait, but to be honest they are getting a little on the larger side and starting to not look very happy.

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RE: It is waaaaay too early to plant in Massachusetts, right?

I've had them out for a couple of weeks.

RE: It is waaaaay too early to plant in Massachusetts, right?

If your plants are already growing in the house, the rain will not hurt them if you plant them now. You just don't want tubers that are not actively growing to be rained on a lot because it could rot them. I think the cloud cover would be good for them because it would give them a chance to get used to being outside without the leaves getting sunburned.

RE: It is waaaaay too early to plant in Massachusetts, right?

If you are having the warm spring that the rest of the country is, I would think you could go ahead and plant. I usually wait until june 1st, but even here in WI spring is early early. I will get mine out as soon as I find the time to do it.

Planted them!

We planted about 35 plants. So far so good. We had one casualty (brushstrokes, so sad, this was a new tuber for us!!!!) with a soaker hose moving and breaking the stalk from the tuber. We are hoping for it to grow a new stalk.... Thanks for the encouragement! Hopefully everything will continue on and remain healthy!

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