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Jun 7, 2016 9:31 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Just want to share my experience this year. I had some dahlias with no visible eyes but tubers were firm. I started them in bags with moistened peat moss. Nothing sprouted . So I put them in soil with their heads sticking out. I was about giving up on them as it has been a month already. Then today, I saw Thomas Edison and Bodacious sprouting with 2 new shoots each.
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Jun 8, 2016 6:32 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Its crazy isn't it? Sometimes they take a week, and sometimes a couple of months. I have a couple that I am waiting on that sprouted , but then stopped developing. They have 1" sprouts and are just staying like that. I am not sure how to kick them into gear.
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Jun 8, 2016 10:51 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It is Geof! I would never have thought that they would grow. I have learned my lesson though - not to give up on them until they are rotted or declined. I was desperate for these to grow so I just chanced it. The tubers have proven that they are viable even with no eyes present.
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Jun 8, 2016 1:04 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Well, I wish I would have seen this Monday! I dug up 3 tubers to see what was going on. They were all firm and had nice little roots on them, but no growth. So, I threw them out! Oh well...live and learn!
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Jun 8, 2016 1:17 PM CST
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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So sorry Rose...One that I planted that did not make it usually just don't grow,...do not know what happened with them...and I did not try to dig and found out... Smiling
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Jun 8, 2016 2:01 PM CST
(Zone 8a)
I dug one out because that I thought that it had rotted, or been eaten. But no, it was there. The problem is that I hacked it with the spade, and maybe finished it off. I stuck what was left in a pot to see what would happen. That was about a week ago. So far, it is still a no show. Patience is the key. My problem is that some of mine come up so fast and strong. I think that they are all the same. But no, this is not growing corn.
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Jun 8, 2016 2:13 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
A few of mine have been reluctant to grow so I gave them much more water as they sat in a tray. Within three days the growth on Tartan was and the other two still aren't "anxious" to grow but getting the message. It plays havoc with making room to plant.
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They'll all get planted tomorrow. Tartan met the soil two days ago.
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Jun 8, 2016 2:56 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Wow - thats a lot of water! I am always afraid to soak them like that for fear of rot - but maybe I'll try it for 24 hours and see if it will shock them into doing something. I usually completely bury my tubers in the potting mix, but maybe if just the "hind end" is saturated like that..........

I tried cutting most of the sprout off of one, to see if it would respond to that, but so far - nada.
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Jun 8, 2016 3:35 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I felt I had nothing to lose. I felt them today and they're still firm.
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Jun 8, 2016 4:27 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
So sorry for the late post, Rose. They just all of a sudden decided to sprout! So strange. But Arlene maybe right. Perhaps that's what it took, a lot of water. We had thunderstorms and rain everyday for a week.
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Jun 8, 2016 7:12 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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It's okay kousa! Next year I'll just buy from Geof. Every one of his are up and doing great!
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Jun 8, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
@rose1656 thats good to hear. But you just can't always count on them. I kept a number of what I thought were "good" ones for myself that didn't work out. Luckily mostly they were doubles so at least I have one plant of them.

I have more buds on the dahlias, for this time of year, than I have ever had before. Mostly Orchids, Anemone and Poms, which are pretty much always the earliest since they are smaller, but even a couple of the BB's have buds. I know you are "supposed to" pinch off early buds on smallish plants, but I can't seem to make myself do it - I'll pinch them after they bloom.
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Jun 8, 2016 7:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Ditto. Seems to be human nature to want to see the first bloom. After that I have no problem with pinching.
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Jun 9, 2016 12:23 PM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
My Thomas Edisons were pretty much the last to sprout for me. I have 4 and they all sprouted at about the same time. For a while I thought none had survived.
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Jun 11, 2016 5:23 PM CST
Name: Donald
Ottawa, Ontario (Zone 5a)

I agree with all the comments about taking one's time before throwing a tuber out. sometimes they just are slow. I find if I have split the tubers in the fall, and left just a little of the stem with the tuber, then they may take longer than if I leave the whole clump and wait till the lump sprouts. My Wine and roses are like that this year, so I planted them in my raised bed vegi garden until they have a few good leaves --then to be planted in the Dahlia garden. Every week or so i dig them up to check for tuber rot. If there is any, I cut it off, and replant the tuber.
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Jun 11, 2016 6:37 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Welcome to the Dahlia Forum, Donald.

The most unlikely of tubers can produce a great plant...and vice versa. These two hopeless looking tubers...Thumb of 2016-06-12/pirl/4df697

produced this magnificent bloom (and many more):
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Jun 12, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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After I joined this forum I found out that I have a whole lot to learn about Dahlia, and realized now that I know a little bit more about it, growing Dahlia actually a lot harder than I thought...
Before I just planted them in the ground and most of the time they grow but sometimes nothing happened and I just accepted that as a goner..
Thank you all for teaching me about Dahlia, I will post some photos of my blooms soon...
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Jun 12, 2016 8:26 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
This is my Thomas Edison that took 2 months to sprout.

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Jun 12, 2016 8:29 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
At least he made it. Actually it took the human, Thomas Edison, much longer to create a light bulb.
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Jun 12, 2016 9:58 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! So right!

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