Dahlia Problems - Knowledgebase Question

Elmwood Park, IL
Question by hibbert
July 15, 1998
I am growing dahlia's in a container. They seem to be healthy. They bud, but the buds die before they flower. What is happening?

Answer from NGA
July 15, 1998


If you're watering your dahlia's from above, the water may be rotting the buds before they have a chance to fully develop. Pinch off the brown and soggy buds to promote the development of additional flower buds. When you water, take care to water only the soil, not the leaves, flowers, or flower buds. This should solve the problem for you. Dahlias need full sunshine to perform - be sure yours has all day sun.

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