Dahlias forum→Drooping blossoms dinnerplate

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Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Sep 30, 2020 8:39 AM CST
I got dinnerplate dahlias in a pot from a local nursery. Even when I bought them, the huge blooms were nodding. I thought that in the ground they might stand up. Still nodding. Tied up individual blooms, but wonder if I am going to have to do this every year. Do you have to usually tie up individual heads on your dinnerplates?
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Sep 30, 2020 8:47 AM CST
Yes staking is necessary for such large flowers.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Sep 30, 2020 8:51 AM CST
You do plan to put them in the ground next year, right? If so, you'd place your sturdy stake, then plant the dahlia and keep it tied to the stake. Then they'll be fine and won't droop unless there are too many blooms on a stem. Cut off excess for a vase to brighten any room.

What is the name of the dahlia? Did you check the NGA database to see how it bloomed for others and read the comments (to put your mind at ease)?
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Sep 30, 2020 4:22 PM CST
I staked it after as I was putting it in the ground, but it keeps putting on blooms that are sooooooo floppy I have to tie up every single one! It is crazy. I tie up at least 1 a day. I have watched several youtube videos of people with dinnerplates and theirs are standing up pretty well, not all "S" curved stems. Of course, I can't find anything that looks like mine. Oh, my mother and a neighbor lady used to grow over 300 kinds and I never remember them flopping like this...although I also don't remember them growing 10 inchers.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Sep 30, 2020 7:42 PM CST
The weight of the blooms contributes to the drooping, I'm sure.
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Oct 6, 2020 4:22 PM CST
Found out the drooping blossom issue: USA dahlias are bred to hold their heads up or they don't win shows. Dutch tubers are bred to be big or have short plants or put out lots of blossoms, nodding blossoms is often the result. I love the color, it pumps out blooms and the plant is around 3 foot, so I'll keep it and just know it nods terribly! It would be a full-time job to tie up blossoms!

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