Stake the Dahlias: Great Story Tellin'

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Stake the Dahlias

By Sharon
September 29, 2015

I grew up loving wildflowers, their little blooms, their foliage, their purpose in life. They seemed to grow and bloom with absolutely no care or attention. I discovered quite early that none of that was true for my mother's prized dahlias. They had to be staked and tied and needed daily care. I wasn't very fond of a plant whose bloom was too heavy for the stalk it grew on.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 21, 2014 6:40 PM CST
Enjoyed your recollections of your mom's dahlias.
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Sharon
May 21, 2014 8:31 PM CST
Thanks, Bubbles.
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Roses_R_Red
May 22, 2014 4:28 AM CST
Hi Sharon, I can appreciate your Dahlia staking job as being a bit of a drag!! Last year I didn't get to the staking because I needed to be away from home much more than usual. What I found out, was that the Dahlias crawled along the ground and made a beautiful display as a unique ground cover!! They weren't tall but they were just as huge and looked just as lovely!!
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TBGDN
May 22, 2014 6:21 AM CST
Good idea; Great pictures; Wonderful story & Beautiful colors! Thumbs up
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Oberon46
May 22, 2014 6:44 AM CST
Thanks for a great article. I am addicted to dahlias and am just starting the staking thing. Course even if the dahlia is advertised as 6' tall or 24" tall, you never know, so I wait until they show what they will do before putting those awful 6' stakes in my garden. Sometimes they meet expectations and sometimes they looks silly as the plant refuses to come to expectations. lol
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vic
May 22, 2014 7:19 AM CST
GREAT story, beautiful blooms, and I loved all the history which I didn't know. Thank you for being a life long teacher Sharon Lovey dubby
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Bonehead
May 22, 2014 8:43 AM CST
Great story, thanks! Although the dinner plates are beautifully impressive, I try to plant dahlias with smaller blooms just for that staking issue. I also find some varieties have really weak stems whereas others are more robust. When all is said and done, though, I am most influenced by the lovely picture on the package and then hope for the best. Dahlias are only marginally winter-hardy (too much rain rather than too cold) for me, so I end up replacing them fairly often.
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Sharon
May 22, 2014 9:20 AM CST
Teri, I can just see your dahlias as a ground cover! I hadn't even thought of that. Smiling

Leon, your words are always so gracious, thank you.

Mary Stella, do you plant yours all in a row like my mother did? When they bloom maybe you could send a picture, stakes and all! That would surely bring back memories for me. When I visited Seward, Alaska, I was stunned by the size of plants, even the dandelions had blooms almost as big as mums. I"ll bet your dahlias are stunning.

Vic, thank you for being my cheerleader!!

The last picture in the article is the last dahlia I had, Deb, gone now as the result of wretched weather no doubt, but it was only about 3 feet tall and not very big as a bloom, but it was truly beautiful. I need to think about getting more of that size. Seems that they always produce the most perfect bloom of any flowering plant. Perfect symmetry usually.



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tarev
May 22, 2014 9:53 AM CST
Lovely Dahlia story Sharon!

I am trying my hand with Dahlia this year..still too early to tell if I will enjoy growing it. Something to look forward to seeing your lovely photos..though mine are not the dinner plate size. Thanks for the lovely story! Lovey dubby
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Sharon
May 22, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Hi tarev!

I hope you love them, and I hope you share pictures when they bloom!
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woofie
May 22, 2014 12:57 PM CST
Always love your tales, Shar! My "dinner plate" dahlias are only dinner plate size if you happen to be an elf or a somewhat larger fairy, but they are a lovely shade of purple, so I try to keep them going. Hilarious!
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Sharon
May 22, 2014 1:08 PM CST
I'm almost in the mood to find another dahlia to replace the saucer sized one I lost, Woofie.
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woofie
May 22, 2014 1:22 PM CST
I generally start them from seed each year, as I don't have much luck overwintering them. But one of those seed-started dahlias was such a nice shade of red and was so big and prolific that I saved the tubers. Be interesting to see how they do this year. Smiling
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Sharon
May 22, 2014 1:23 PM CST
Take pictures, Woof. I want to see.
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woofie
May 22, 2014 1:35 PM CST
If they survive to bloom, I'll do just that! You should trying growing some from seed, tho. It's fun, it's cheap, and you get some very interesting flowers. Smiling
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
May 22, 2014 1:41 PM CST
I might just do that, now that I've stirred up my own interest. Smiling
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