Dahlias forum: It's about that time...

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 902, Replies: 35 » Jump to the end
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 25, 2017 6:08 PM CST
I have been thinking about going down to the cellar...

I wonder if those tubers are still there...

maybe next week:)
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
May 26, 2017 8:07 AM CST
lol Frank, you crack me up. Now, you are just thinking about it now?? Here we are all worrying about rain and even snow (up here) and your tubers are all snug in their little winter bed. Michigan isn't that much colder. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
mandolls
May 26, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Wow - someone further behind than me!

They all probably have 6" sprouts on them.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 26, 2017 10:24 AM CST
@mandolls

ok, next week I will measure the length of the sprouts:)

any 6" sprouts will get knocked off.

Also, I am not behind:) this is my normal speed.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
May 31, 2017 9:22 AM CST
I see you are in the south eastern part of Michigan. So you don't get the effects from the lakes? I saw a picture of the downtown and it reminds me of Clare, Michigan where I lived for a bit. Your sun/cloud conditions seem very similar to ours but your average temps are way higher already. Your plants will take off like a shot when your plant them out I bet
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 31, 2017 2:28 PM CST
I planted about 20 dahlias the last two days. Longest sprout was about an inch or so.

I have planted in the first week of may, but it really does not get you blooms that much sooner.

a few years back I planted all my dahlias in mid May. Then a couple of weeks later Swan Island had a sale.

I planted several Swan Island dahlias the first week of June...

These dahlias did just as well as the dahlias that I planted in mid may...

Dahlias do there best when the weather warms.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jun 1, 2017 8:50 AM CST
I planted mine about a week ago and they are just sort of sitting there for now. The weather is cool at night then (for the last few days) full sun and warm. I am hoping they take off soon. I expect they are expanding their roots (mine are all grown out in pots first) for now. I put some bulbtone stuff in each hole to feed they from the 'git go.'
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Jun 14, 2017 3:44 PM CST
I have some that are just starting to pop up...
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
mandolls
Jun 15, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Hurray!

I finally got some dahlias in the ground myself, but they are pre-started, so they are a bit ahead of yours right now.

Yesterday I weeded out one of the small beds and placed about 20 anemone & orchid types, then actually dug the holes and planted them this morning. Its the bed closest to the house and they will be the first dahlias to bloom, so can be admired from the windows.

This afternoon I weeded and turned over another small bed, and placed 20 of the plants that are the tallest right now (in the baggies). Its the bed that got the most rabbit damage last year (lots of hiding places in the peonies and iris behind where the dahlias go). It will be a bit if a hodge-podge of form and color. The largest plants I have are two Wyn's Aspen Glows, at about 18", then there a couple of Jax, a couple AC Golden Nickels, a Gaylen Rose, Felinda Ornament, and I dont remember what else. I think they are all tall enough that the rabbits wont be interested, as they seem to like the little tender ones.

I had a few plants blooming at this time last year, so it feels good to have finally gotten at least some of them in the ground. Moving slowly this year, but I'll get there.
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
Jun 16, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Glad to hear you got some planting out of the way, Geof. Later planting might allow you to have less bug damage on the blooms this summer. Wish I could have waited longer.

I thought my planting was over for the year. I have so many extras that I decided to add another plant to each of the 13 rows in the backyard bed. So much for cutting back on the numbers this year! There are also a half dozen that I might replace due to bug damage and the heat. And there are a few with yellowish leaf veining. A lot of people that I give tubers/plants to every year have apparently decided that dahlias are too much trouble. That combined with the high storage survival rate has left me with many extras. I'm running out of room so I might start another tuber garden where I cram them into a small area and just hope they live and produce tubers (as if I need more!). Blooms are not necessary.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Jun 16, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Got a bonus dahlia from Wild, Spartacus. I had ordered some mums from Wild...

It's one I already had:)

but I planted it anyway.

Spartacus is such a huge flower, but it has small tubers.

Overall, I am down to 32 dahlias (unique) this year. Good number:)

A few years ago I peaked at over 300.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
mandolls
Jun 17, 2017 10:15 AM CST
I love Spartacus - I had one tuber of it sprout this year, and I think it is now rotting. Its a bit late to take a cutting and expect anything to happen with it, so I think it will hit the compost.

Dan - yeah I am hoping that I'lll have much less insect problems. Last year was by far the earliest I have planted, and I also had the most damage from the japanese beetles and earwigs. Fingers crossed.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jun 23, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Frank, cannot imagine planting 300 dahlias. More to the point, can't imagine digging them up, prepping for storage, taking out of storage, etc. What a work load. 32 sounds manageable.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
pirl
Jun 23, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Ditto!

You opt for 32 and I tried for 30 but with all the duplicates I still ended up with 40 (or more). It's all the work you mention, Mary, that wears me down especially when it's cold at digging time.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Jun 23, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Digging up 300 dahlias was a good couple of weeks for me.

Now I do it in a couple days:)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
pirl
Jun 23, 2017 12:08 PM CST
You're good, Frank. It takes me three days to dig mine and I don't even separate them into tubers.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Jun 24, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Here's what I planted this year:

Dahlia 'A La Mode', Dahlia 'All that Jazz', Dahlia 'American Beauty', Dahlia 'Bitsy', Dahlia 'Bonne Esperance', Dahlia 'Cornel', Dahlia 'Country Sweetheart', Dahlia 'Debora Renae', Dahlia 'Diva', Dahlia 'Elizabeth Jane', Dahlia 'Garden Show', Dahlia 'Happy Single Date', Dahlia 'Hot Tamale', Dahlia 'Inflammation', Dahlia 'Jersey Beauty', Dahlia 'Kabloom', Dahlia 'MacAlisters Pride', Dahlia 'My Little Sunshine', Dahlia 'Nadine Jessie', Dahlia 'Opera Red', Dahlia 'Park Princess', Dahlia 'Patricia Ann's Sunset', Dahlia 'Pinelands Prickles', Dahlia 'Promise', Dahlia 'Purplicious', Dahlia 'Skywalker', Dahlia 'Sonic Bloom', Dahlia 'Spartacus', Dahlia 'Spartacus', Dahlia 'Speckled Chee', Dahlia 'Speckled Tim', Dahlia 'Teddy'

I usually plant two tubers together because I hate failure!

Everything is looking good except for Teddy. If I remember, Ted is a little slow...
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
mandolls
Jun 25, 2017 7:49 AM CST
Its constantly surprising to me, how many good dahlias are out there. I am only familiar with about 1/3 of your list and I have grown probably 400 different dahlias over the years. I am going to do a little googling to see what your others look like.

Glad to hear yours are coming up and looking good.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jun 26, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Yeah, Geof. I know very few of Frank's dahlias. Different suppliers I guess. I tend to stay with two or three so I guess that accounts for the limited choices.

Frank, who are your top three suppliers?
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
Jun 26, 2017 10:51 AM CST
17 of my 32 dahlias are from Swan Island, so my top 3 suppliers are:

1. Swan Island.
2. Swan Island.
3. Swan Island.

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Dahlias forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Oriental Poppy Harlem"