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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2013
11:15 PM

Post #9451964

All of you on this forum inspired me to try Dahlias in the ground again here in HOT Texas.

I planted 6 in pots last year and only 3 came up.

So my wonderful DH made me a raised bed, with good soil, in a lovely filtered light area (here in Texas we laugh at Full Sun labels) and I planted 11 new Dahlias that arrived last week.

I planted, staked and mulched them today. I have a variety of plant height and flower size.

I have planted Mardy Gras, Binky, Chilson's Pride, Crazy Legs, Lady Liberty, Raz Ma Taz, Vassio Meggos, American Beauty, and 2 Firepots. ( I forget who posted their Firepot pics last year, but I loved them and bought two)

I watered after planting because it was new dry soil...hope that won't hurt it.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 17, 2013
6:16 AM

Post #9452092

So nice Morgan. Can't wait to see all your tubers come up. Mine are still in the attic and should probably be checked again.

Please keep the photos coming for those of us that are several months off before planting. ^_^
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 17, 2013
7:00 AM

Post #9452182

I agree with Carolyn. We'll all look forward to your photos. It was fine to water but hold back on water until you see they have sprouted.

Vassio Meggos and Firepot are wonderful. I haven't grown the others...yet.

psudan
Mentor, OH

March 17, 2013
9:08 AM

Post #9452292

Morgan, congrats on getting the dahlias planted. If your experience is anything like mine you will have far, far better success planting in-ground rather than in pots. The only time I plants in pots now is if I have extras that I keep on "stand-by" as replacements in case any others rot. You have inspired me to check my stored tubers a little more closely although I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the notion there is any place in the country where someone can plant dahlias while I'm still icefishing. LOL We Northerners are very envious!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2013
10:46 AM

Post #9452388

Oh, I missed listing Zoey Rey which I bought because our friends have a little girl named Zoe. But it is a gorgeous flower.

Ice fishing? BRRRRRRRRR.

Here is a pic of Zoey...hope mine look like this!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 17, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9452582

Indeed a beautiful flower. It is mind boggling the variety as to color and petal formations for dahlias. That must be why people become hooked on them.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 17, 2013
4:59 PM

Post #9452806

Morgan

Zoe Rey is a beauty. I have been looking at her on and off for the last couple of years.

Arlene - we are both going to be ice fishing soon. They are calling for 3-6" of snow tomorrow. I am definitely living in the wrong place in the country!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 17, 2013
5:01 PM

Post #9452811

We also have the threat of snow but I'm so weary from 3 hours of gardening today that the snow will look wonderful to me.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2013
1:05 AM

Post #9453097

OMG...snow? It was 80 here today. Of course it will cool off again soon, but NOT snow!

Carolyn - do you mean looking to maybe buy her? Swan Island has her.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 18, 2013
1:30 AM

Post #9453102

Snow - yes they are calling for 3-6" of snow today. Ugh!

Steve_D
Massapequa Park, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2013
6:26 AM

Post #9453290

For my friends here in the NE --yes, snow it's still March and we still can have much snow. Truth be told I am sick of it also but Spring will come. Benched up in my garage 46 tubers some showing life already. I look to plant out no later than May 15 here on Long Island.
Steve
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2013
6:45 AM

Post #9453315

I used to aim for June 1st but now I'm getting more courageous and planted mine out in late May last year with no problems.

We've had snow often enough in early April so I'm not shocked when it happens and it does disappear quickly.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9453968

YIKES! My DH is from Connecticut and hated the cold.

Of course it helps that he is a plant freak like me that we live in a warmer area and have a garden!!

When we moved to Texas from California, we found the veggies have TWO planting seasons here. Spring and fall. Amazing what you can grow.

I'm sending warm winds your way to bring on spring.


pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2013
5:41 PM

Post #9453991

We're looking forward to spring.

When we spent two weeks in San Marcos, Austin and San Antonio, we got rain/sleet and a huge mess on I35. Must have been the worst weather ever!

Today I worked another 3 hours outside but the last hour (with two jackets and two pair of gloves) I was very cold but determined to finish what I had begun...and I did. When I came inside I checked and with the wind chill factor it was 25. Now that's a bit cold for me!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9454041

25? OMG...25 degrees??

Do you have to stay there?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9454063

It's snowing!

How funny! We love it here on Long Island, surrounded by water, wineries, farms and fresh air.

Tomorrow's high will be 45 but it comes with rain. Actually 45 to 50 is great for heavy duty work outside and we have a lot of heavy timbers to be moved but it won't be tomorrow.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2013
8:48 PM

Post #9454218

Well, we are very similar pirl - we are also surrounded by wineries, farms, and fresh air...water is very close...and next week I think one of the overnight LOWS will be in the high 40's.

So not to different :-)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
5:33 AM

Post #9454449

The ace for me is my daughter, and her family, 7 miles away and my son moving closer next week.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
5:35 AM

Post #9454452

The snow is gone, replaced with rain but lots of wind.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2013
8:41 AM

Post #9454701

OK...family is more important than flowers. It is close though...ha ha ha!

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
9:01 AM

Post #9454732

Ha! We have flowers from March through December so I get two months to rest up and place orders. Then comes spring, which happens to be my grandson's birthday. How ideal for a grandma and grandpa who love to garden.

So Spring will arrive tomorrow morning and guess what we'll have for weather on Thursday? Yes, more snow!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

March 19, 2013
12:09 PM

Post #9454897

Adorable little boy Arlene. What a doll

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9455022

So sweet...teach him to garden!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2013
2:05 PM

Post #9455037

He does! Tomorrow he'll get a golden raspberry plant and two years ago he got a blueberry plant. Hard to believe any little kid could be so thrilled with a plant instead of a toy.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

March 20, 2013
1:39 AM

Post #9455500

Arlene

He is adorable. Sounds like you have him on the right track. It is important to learn the value of plants and nature. We are supposed to be the caretakers of the earth.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 20, 2013
4:33 AM

Post #9455550

Thank you, Carolyn.

Happy spring, everyone! Many of us thought it would never get here.
muffster
Reno, NV

June 19, 2013
9:12 PM

Post #9565692

Can't wait to see your Dahlia's in bloom. Cute garden!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9568467

Just planted the last of the dahlias yesterday. Whew!
MajiA
Kenner, LA

June 22, 2013
1:07 PM

Post #9568762

Congratulations Arlene... we will wait to see the photos :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9568782

Thank you, MajiA, By August I'll have blooms to share.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

June 23, 2013
9:12 PM

Post #9570630

Pirl,

I'm not 2 weeks ahead of you, so I'm looking at August too!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9570832

Our weather now feels like August but the sprouts have broken the ground and the largest is about 6" tall. We'll just have to wait.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

June 24, 2013
9:14 PM

Post #9572117

mine hit 6 inches and quit growing. I got brave and watered them tonight. (one might be 9 inches tall maybe.)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2013
4:42 AM

Post #9572258

Are you having very hot weather? Is that what temporarily halted their growth?
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

June 27, 2013
5:55 PM

Post #9576253

High tomorrow is 102 or 103, is that very hot? Been in the mid 90's for a couple of weeks. thought maybe it is lack of nitrogen, I wanted to gently work some compost in between stuff in the flower bed but I've been busy and it has been hot.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

June 27, 2013
9:03 PM

Post #9576457

Gypsi, 102 or 103 is very hot and you must be a very dedicated gardener to be outside! My dahlias are about 18" and I can see a lot of buds! They loved the heat this past week. Yipee! I can't wait since I have been seeing wonderful pictures posted by others.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

June 28, 2013
6:44 AM

Post #9576721

I am a realist. Our temps are near 100 from late June until September. I get up very early in summer and try to be indoors by noon to one, then go back out at 6:30 and work until 10 or so. No evening tv, dinner is a bit iffy. But the heat destroys appetite anyway.

How will the dahlias deal with the heat?

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9582415

I have been giving my Dahlias a bit more water, but I don't give too much for fear of mushing out the bulb/rhizome.

got more opening...

Firepot fully open after rain
Zoe Rey almost fully open
Vassio Meggos just starting to open

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

July 1, 2013
4:49 PM

Post #9582436

Lovely. I particularly like Firepot but Zoe Rey is really attractive. Mine are still just little buds or only plants.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

July 1, 2013
5:29 PM

Post #9582488

I don't even have buds, do I need to feed them?
MajiA
Kenner, LA

July 1, 2013
6:08 PM

Post #9582544

MorganC... they are lovely.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

July 1, 2013
7:49 PM

Post #9582710

Morgan, they are truly beautiful, but my question still stands. I am obviously flunking at dahlias!
MajiA
Kenner, LA

July 1, 2013
9:24 PM

Post #9582811

Gypsi,
I am not sure if feeding them at this point of time will help you too much. The heat is on and the plants will go on survival mode here in South Louisiana and Texas. Just feed lightly for your own peace of mind, and maybe spray some seaweed solution on the leaves late afternoon or very early morning to ensure that the heat does not boil them.

I found that it is best to fertilize the soil while planting tuberous plants. If it does not bloom well this year, next year treat it with some bone meal and some cow manure early spring. I found it works for me.

Good luck and be patient. I am sure you will be rewarded later summer/early fall.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2013
11:28 PM

Post #9582843

Hey, I flunked for YEARS at Dahlias. If I got 2 on the bush at once I was thrilled. But I'm so jazzed about this garden's results I'm already looking at others I could grow for next year.

I think it succeeded for a few reasons.
1. All new dirt in RAISED BED with lots of organic rice hulls in it to add acidity (we live in alkaline area - both water and soil) We bought soil called "Thunder Garden" (LOL) from our local Geo-Growers.
2. And I do feed them. I can't help it - I'm a cook...I feed EVERYTHING and everybody. I collect the coffee grounds from our Starbucks and mix it with Epson salt and our compost. That goes in all my potted plants as well.

My favorite plant so far is Crazy Legs. The blooms are small but sooooo prolific. This pic shows 8, but it got up to 11 before I had to deadhead a couple. Bloomed early and still coming on strong even in this heat.
This garden is not in full sun either. Gets morning sun, then just filtered throughout the rest of the day. So really, I never failed...I just learned what didn't work here so I could change it to what works. :-)

Gypsi - gardens are always a work in progress...hang in there.

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