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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 7:55 AM CST
I know I started my dahlias too early.. again.. but last year it worked out nicely taking cuttings of the seedlings and I rooted them to make more

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Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
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mollyd1953
Feb 22, 2010 9:48 AM CST
I've only worked with them from the tubers they grow from. How early do these little guys get theirs and do you have to lift them the next fall/winter?

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
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Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 22, 2010 11:52 AM CST
They'll get planted as seedlings and will make their tubers underground over the summer. So you'd have tubers to lift in the fall if they are not hardy in your area. How cold do you get in a normal winter? (this hasn't been a normal winter).
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 12:21 PM CST
here is harlequin from last year.. don't think they came true.. did not see any of the color is the center like the link shows.. you can see a little color in the middle but not like the website

http://summerhillseeds.com/dahlia-harlequin-p-509.html

Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
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mollyd1953
Feb 22, 2010 12:39 PM CST
Barbara if you mean me it's hard for me to tell since I just moved here from NY in October and my first taste of a Tenn winter they tell me was not a normal one. I've been told that normally there are a few days of 20's and then back to 50's for Jan and Feb when spring begins to make an appearance. It really reaches full spring in March.

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
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Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 22, 2010 12:48 PM CST
I would guess you could leave them in the ground with plenty of mulch. Doesn't sound like your ground gets a serious freeze in TN.
The seeds are fun! The first year I gardened, I planted 50 dahlia seeds, thinking maybe 10 would germinate...I had 49 and no clue what to do next!
Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
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mollyd1953
Feb 22, 2010 12:50 PM CST
I can see how that would be a big problem! When you put something under the ground here the recommended depth to get below any frost is 18"

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 12:54 PM CST
I was lazy and did not dig mine up last year... still had seeds left.. LOL
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Steven
Feb 22, 2010 3:39 PM CST
I dug 'The Bishops Children' last fall (started seeds in spring)and the tubers were really small. I think it might have had to do with our crummy summer as the cannas I started last year from seed had no tubers either. Where as another year I dug some massive canna roots after just one season.
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 4:37 PM CST
the canna seeds I received in trade did not germinate .. soaked them in peroxide not sure what went wrong
Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
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mollyd1953
Feb 22, 2010 5:27 PM CST
Someone was nice enough to send me some seeds. They left her home yesterday and are traveling to me. Weather report is that we're dropping into the 20's and 30's . Will this hurt the seeds? I don't even know exactly which seeds she sent.

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 5:51 PM CST
I don't have an answer for you.. sorry... maybe someone else does
Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 22, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Molly...Will the seeds be sitting in an outdoor mailbox for any length of time at the 20 degree temps?

If not, they should be fine. I get all kinds of seeds, bulbs, tubers and cuttings sent at what causes a lot of vendors heart palpitations once they see my location. I have a p.o. box so they are never outside here, but some things travel through all kinds of temps from all over the country to get here. I'll order seeds any month of the year and haven't had a problem.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 7:01 PM CST
I don't see a problem as long as it's seeds, not tubers. Some people store all of their seeds in the fridge, some freeze them... I think they'll be fine.

Karen
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Steven
Feb 22, 2010 7:06 PM CST
For me I have to file canna seeds with a nail file. They have to layers on the seed so after you file through the first layer you'll see a little light brown spot them keep fileing till you see a little white spot. After that you can soak them and sprout them in a damp paper towel. Thats the method I use and I get 100% germination.
Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 22, 2010 7:45 PM CST
How long are cannas from seed to bloom? Same year?
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 7:46 PM CST
Yes, I'm pretty certain, though I've never grown them. I know people wintersow them

Karen
Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 22, 2010 8:11 PM CST
WS???--REALLY?? Would never have though that...Talk to me Steven...tell me 'bout cannas.

Probably wore Steven out. We were a travelin' pair on cubits earlier
Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
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mollyd1953
Feb 22, 2010 8:13 PM CST
Karen and Barbara yes they will be in my mailbox plus however long the mailman totes them in his open truck. Since I don't know when they'll arrive I have no idea how many potential hours they'll be exposed.

Thanks!

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 8:15 PM CST
I betcha they'll be fine.

Karen

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