Dahlias forum: Spindly Growth

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Name: Sharon Mc
Upstate SC (Zone 7b)
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May 3, 2014 6:19 AM CST
I have left some tubers in the original packing too long. A few have spindly, anemic growths. Pinch them completely off, bury part way, or what?
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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May 3, 2014 6:45 AM CST
You can clip off all but the strongest shoot. Are they exposed to light? That would help develop the shoots and the main shoot would announce itself. The pro's say new shoots will emerge from the tuber. I've never tested it.

Here is a portion of a paragraph from CTdahlia.org and I hope it explains it better than I tried to do!

"Growing: Dahlias should be grown as a single stalk, with multiple shoots removed as they emerge from the ground. The growing tip is removed (pinched out) when the plant reaches 6-10 inches in height or has 5-7 sets of leaves. This will promote lateral growth (shoots) and multiple blooms. Each lateral will produce a main (terminal) bud and two adjacent buds."
Name: Peter
Europe (Zone 9a)
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May 3, 2014 3:48 PM CST

They will grow new leaders, but try to plant them without damaging the current shoots. Even if you clip them all , new ones will grow so don't worry too much. Plant the tuber normally.

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