Dear Dahlia…

June 14, 2007

This is my first year of trying to grow dahlias. I started potting them up in jumbo pots in April and they did really well. Here’s the different types I’m growing:

  • four mixed dahlias, dinnerplate, height 46″
  • one Smokey: decorative,white petals streaked with pink, height 44″
  • one Arabian Night: dinnerplate, dark burgundy red, height 40″
  • one Caballero: decorative, red tinged with yellow, height 40″
  • one Kelvin Floodlight: dinnerplate, yellow
  • one Jowey Gypsy: decorative, pink and yellow, height 36″
  • two unknowns that I got at a plant exchange marked “pink” and “golden/pink”

Of them all, only two haven’t sprouted and my suspicion is because I planted them upside down. When I bought the tubers, they were a mass of roots and noodly bits. I didn’t know which way was up. I thought the tubers should be planted down and didn’t realize the woody stem should be pointing up.

This morning I planted them into a spot which gets full sun all day. I’ve lost a lot of the tags that were on them so I hope I haven’t planted the 4-footer in front of the 3-footer. I still have the pictures of the flowers so hopefully I’ll be able to identify what’s what once they flower.


2 Responses to “Dear Dahlia…”

  1. Kathy, I love dahlias – but am much too lazy to have them. Everything has to be low maintenance for me…put it in the ground and forget it! šŸ™‚ I’ll be looking forward to pictures – did you plant any of those ‘plate’ sized ones? They are awesome.

  2. Kathy Says:

    Hi Jackie,

    There are supposed to be four dinnerplate dahlias, however, a few didn’t make it so I can’t be sure which one is which. I’ll know once they flower.


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