Dahlias forum: Fragrant dahlias?

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Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentin
hampartsum
Apr 29, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Hi just going thru readings I found out that there are some cultivars that are fragrant ( apparently not many) and are result of crossings from D.coccinea species. I wonder if any one out there has tried any. If so what kind of fragrance do they have.I've always wondered if one day dahlias will provide us with fragrance as well. Thanks to all in advance. Arturo
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 30, 2016 8:44 AM CST
My 'sniffer' is not in tip top working order but can't say I have ever detected a fragrance on dahlias. And some claim a very pleasant fragrance from some peonies but I have never cared for it on mine and I LOVE peonies. I think Sweet William has the best fragrance, strong and very pleasant. Perhaps too sweet for some. It was one of my father's favorites. That could be the reason for the happy association. Hilarious!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 30, 2016 8:49 AM CST
No scent ever detected here either. Roses and lilies, lilacs and dianthus are about all I can smell.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 30, 2016 8:56 AM CST
Are your dahlias planted out yet Arlene? Seems like you stick to the tail of May planting out timing as do Dan and others, me included. Well, May 12th or so this year. If I don't get them outside they will spindle away and die.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 30, 2016 9:05 AM CST
No, Mary. They're still downstairs, under lights. Late May to early June is when I plant.
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentin
hampartsum
Apr 30, 2016 10:39 AM CST
this fall I decided to lift and repot right away my dahlias, and store them dryish until late winter in a cool shed ( frost free). I always start my dahlias indoors , otherwise I don't have a long enough season of bloom. My summers are cool and dahlias seem to need an initial good growth start for then put out their neverending show. So I figured that since I've got enough shed space why not advance spring work and get it done in fall. Thus I avoid two causes of stored dahlia loss: shriveling and moldy rot. Since they are stored already potted then they are not endangered, by either cause because they are kept inside sandy compost already prepared for spring growth; simply unwatered. The only drawback is the space needed for storage. Last fall I tried with about 30 bags and I didn't loose a single tuber. They were a group of waterlily type ( Orange Wealth) that had just spent the summer in those bags because I was unable to find them a suitable place in the garden. The rest of my tubers that were stored conventionally had some losses both to shrivelling and to mold. The other advantage is that I can regulate later their adjusting to outdoor conditions in my work yard before actually transferring them to their final setting in the borders. In some ways I'm trying to simulate their original Mexican dry winter conditions in the ground.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Apr 30, 2016 10:49 AM CST
Interesting, Arturo. We dahlia lovers would all appreciate photos as they grow and bloom.

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