My bushy dahlias plants don't get any buds! - Knowledgebase Question

Question by gr8tfulandy
July 7, 2008
I dig up my dahlias every fall, let them dry and pack them up... exactly what is supposed to be done - but in the last two years I have noticed that some of my healthy plants never get buds, some do, other one's do not. I know they do not like

Answer from NGA
July 7, 2008


You're right, too much nitrogen can result in lots of lush, green growth, at the expense of flowers so feeding with a low nitrogen fertilizer is best. Use a 5-10-10 and feed early in the season, after the stems have begun to emerge. Since your plants are getting plenty of sunshine and water, the only explanation to non-flowering is that you might be planting them too deeply. The tubers should be planted only 4-5" below the soil surface. Hope this information helps!

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