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Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
May 5, 2020 6:50 PM CST
I used to grow dahlias in my late teens when I lived at my parents. No knowing to dig them in the fall led to a short career in dahlia growing. I do love the plant and would like to start getting into growing them again. Looking for tips, sources, recommendations on varieties to start with. Not a huge fan with the pom pom type but not opposed to a few of them.

Thanks!
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
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May 5, 2020 9:22 PM CST
Swan island is a highly regarded source for most of us. You can find good tubers at many garden centers and even big box stores near you. You can also check out the Green Pages on this site.
Name: Melissa
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Melissamaeday
May 5, 2020 9:32 PM CST
Welcome, Thomas!

There is a website, dahliaaddict.com, that lists the majority of online dahlia vendors. Some are sold out for the season, and varieties are a bit picked over, but most of the ones that are left are pretty easy to grow AND make tubers that you can dig in the Fall (if you want to).

Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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May 6, 2020 3:07 AM CST
hostasmore said:Swan island is a highly regarded source for most of us. You can find good tubers at many garden centers and even big box stores near you. You can also check out the Green Pages on this site.


Hmmm... been on garden.org for over a year and never heard of the green pages?
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Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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thommesM
May 6, 2020 3:13 AM CST
Melissamaeday said:There is a website, dahliaaddict.com, that lists the majority of online dahlia vendors. Some are sold out for the season, and varieties are a bit picked over, but most of the ones that are left are pretty easy to grow AND make tubers that you can dig in the Fall (if you want to).


Not sure what you mean that the plants make tubers. Aren't all dahlias tubers? and if you don't dig up the tubers, they'll rot won't they? Or are you suggesting that you could mulch the plants heavy enough to protect them?

I guess the bigger question is which vendors to steer clear of.
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Northern Ontario, Canada (Zone 3b)
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tomsud
May 6, 2020 7:14 AM CST
I potted my dahlias inside and they are growing like crazy, In hindsight I may have planted them too early. They are now about 2 to 3 feet high, and getting sort of leggy, I have clipped the main leader passed the 2/3 set of leaves, but I still have about 2 weeks before I can move them safely outside, When I do plant them outdoors, can I dig them deep into the soil like I do with tomatoes? Thank You!
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
May 6, 2020 7:39 AM CST
Thomas click on the "Tools and Apps" button above.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
May 6, 2020 7:42 AM CST
Welcome tomsud! I would recommend a good trim rather than planting deeper. The green stems would probably rot if buried.
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Northern Ontario, Canada (Zone 3b)
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tomsud
May 6, 2020 7:49 AM CST
Thanks Gary, Ill trim them back, Have been gardening in Northern Ontario for a number of years, just found this site and in looking, it has some great info. ..
Name: Thomas Mitchell
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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May 6, 2020 8:21 AM CST
hostasmore said:Thomas click on the "Tools and Apps" button above.


Yeah thanks! I have used those pages before and forgotten about them. Good for some vendor info.
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