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May 25, 2017 6:08 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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I have been thinking about going down to the cellar...

I wonder if those tubers are still there...

maybe next week:)
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May 26, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
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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
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May 26, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Wow - someone further behind than me!

They all probably have 6" sprouts on them.
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May 26, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
@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.
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May 31, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
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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
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May 31, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
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.
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Jun 1, 2017 8:50 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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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.'
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Jun 14, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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I have some that are just starting to pop up...
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Jun 15, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
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.
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Jun 16, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
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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.
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Jun 16, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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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.
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Jun 17, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
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.
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Jun 23, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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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.
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Jun 23, 2017 9:58 AM 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
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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.
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Jun 23, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Digging up 300 dahlias was a good couple of weeks for me.

Now I do it in a couple days:)
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Jun 23, 2017 12:08 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
You're good, Frank. It takes me three days to dig mine and I don't even separate them into tubers.
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Jun 24, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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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...
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Jun 25, 2017 7:49 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
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.
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Jun 26, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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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?
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Jun 26, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
17 of my 32 dahlias are from Swan Island, so my top 3 suppliers are:

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

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