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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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.