Dahlias forum: Are my Dahlias gonna be OK...???

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 17, 2015 7:55 PM CST
our dahlias poked through the soil about two weeks ago. a week later, at merely an inch tall, two of them were chewed down below the surface of the soil!! Angry leaving a blunt stump about 1/2 of an inch below the soil line. Thumbs down will the stem continue to grow and be ok, or are they like lily's, where if the top of the stem is gone then it wont do anything more? Crying
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 17, 2015 8:02 PM CST
One of mine survived the initial stem withering completely last year and finally did bloom a week before frost but at least I got a bloom and the tuber did well over winter so I have higher hopes for it this year.

I doubt if there's an absolute yes or no to your question, more like a wait and see.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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mandolls
May 18, 2015 4:14 AM CST
Dahlias are not like lilies. Many growers pinch back Dahlias - though obviously not quite so early. One of the reasons I pre-start my Dahlias inside, is they are much less likely to get critter damage if they are already leaved out when they are planted outside. If yours were only an inch or two tall then it shouldn't set back bloom time for more than a week or two.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 18, 2015 4:50 AM CST
I get the pinching back thing, we do it as well. works wonders! but theres no growing tip at all anymore, just a stump. I hope you're right that its still early enough for them to continue! Thumbs up
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 18, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Here's the progression of my Zoey Rey:
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You can see how it withered but it did eventually rebound and bloom.

Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Sep 25, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Jason
any update ?
Did your Dahlia make it ?
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Feb 13, 2016 5:48 PM CST
Cinda - sorry for the delayed response. I didnt see your reply until just now... Yes, they made it, big time!!

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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Feb 13, 2016 7:21 PM CST
Beautiful Thumbs up

Did you save tubers for this year ?
Spring should be near in your zone Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Feb 14, 2016 12:03 AM CST
no, we don't bother with saving them. we just buy new tubers each season. spring is slowly making its presence known here, but its still a ways off. lots of cold rain still. usually plant them the first week of may.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Feb 14, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Sounds nice. Just pitch the tube and get fresh ones in the spring. I am sooooo dreading getting my bags from the crawl space. Around the middle of next month for us; lay in moistened soil in flats and see who pops (that haven't already sprouted) then into a pot for them that do.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Feb 14, 2016 10:31 AM CST
I've been very diligently checking tubers. Three sprouted but they're tiny, so far. A few bad tubers that I simply cut off. Not bad!

Placed another order last night with Old House Dahlias. Only Swan Island left for a new order thanks to a gift certificate. They all be big showy ones.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Feb 14, 2016 3:18 PM CST
Interesting that you are dreading dealing with your saved tubers. I am excited about it! Its a little depressing if I have lost all of a type, but that is rare.

I am really looking forward to getting my seeds started, and the tubers sprouting - it really helps me get through the last few months of winter.

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