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.