If you are getting married, or having a party this summer, Dahlias make great wedding flowers. We have used them for Bouquets, table arrangements, and Corsages. Now is the time to let us know how we can meet those needs!
GETTING YOUR DAHLIAS TO DAZZLE... We have been having one of the hottest summers on record. This is hard on the blooming dahlias. Some don't bloom, some are stunted, some have more bugs. It definitely is a struggle! But hang in there cooler weather will eventually come.
In the meantime, what can you do? Keep them watered, Feed them with their regular fertilizer, now would be a good time to do that if you haven't already. A low nitrogen, bloom food is best as this gives them a good chance to shoot our more blooms and better color. 10 - 20 - 20 works good. There are a number of fertilizers out there, so use the low nitrogen one you like the best. Foliar fertilizer is good also. If the plant is tall and skinny, you can pinch out the top to make it bush out.
Watch for bugs: aphids, spidermites, earwigs and cucumber beetles to name a few are bad for chewing and sucking on the plants. Use a good insecticidal soap or insecticide/miticide. READ the labels for application rates and directions. A insect dust works well also and stays longer.
When watering Dahlias have deep roots so need to be watered deeply, (2 inches or more) not just on the leaves. 2 or 3 times a week should be plenty, if it rains, skip the watering that day.
If the dahlias are falling over, put a heavy stake in the ground and tie them up with garden twine. Green plastic coated re-bar works good, sold at most garden/home stores.
Cut and enjoy the flowers, that is why we grow them isn't it? The more you cut, the more you will get.
Frey's Dahlias 12054 Brick Rd. SE, Turner, OR 97392
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