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Dahlia stems

Posted by Nevis Ontario (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 4, 12 at 13:26

Although I am about to dig up my dahlias for winter storage I have an ongoing concern about the strngth of the stems holding the flowers. The stems are just not strong enopugh to hold the flowers reasonably erect.
What can I do to stengthen the stems?
Many thanks
Peter


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RE: Dahlia stems

When you replant in the spring and the sprouts start coming up, pinch off all but the largest sprout. When that single
spout is 12-18 inches tall, pinch off the center candle. This will cause the plant to be thicker, bushier, and have
thicker stems. You will have a 3-4 feet tall plant instead of
5-7 feet with thin stems.


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RE: Dahlia stems

some cultivars are more floppy than others, perhaps you need to get some with stronger stems.
Are all your plants wobbly, do they get full sun? And feeding too heavily has this effect.

Well, good luck next season, bye, Lin


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