This will be my first year growing dahlias. I started a few tubers in pots not really knowing when a good time to start would be, how long they take to grow and things like that. The process has been very straight forward having never started tubers before. I have several canna tubers stored in my basement from the cannas I planted last year, but have since decided that I will not do cannas this year. They were one of the easiest and most beautiful tropical plants to grow, but I simply do not have the room in my sunny garden to put these back in. I wanted to give dahlias a try this year. I now have 3 dahlia tubers that seem to be taking off in their pots so I hope I didn’t start them too early indoors.
These 3 are Arabian Night dahlias. Planted at the same time were 6 assorted Sunset dahlias that don’t seem to be doing quite as much. About 3 or 4 are showing some signs of life and I hope they all catch up soon. I also have 6 spider dahlias that I have not started yet.
I have tried going the seed route, too. I’m not sure how I feel about it so far, but I’m thinking I won’t do seeds next year. I can’t tell if I started them too late, if they will flower this year or not, will they grow tubers so I can dig them up in the fall to over winter them ? Too many questions about growing dahlias from seed that I don’t know the answer to.
The pots in the picture have Harlequin dahlias, plus there are Figaro Red, Figaro Orange [most of the red and orange have shriveled up because I keep forgetting to water them] and Fireworks growing in jiffy pots. Maybe I just need a greenhouse and then I could enjoy the seed germination process. I have pots everywhere in the house and the jiffypot greenhouse on top of husband’s wardrobe which is directly under a skylight in our bedroom. These seeds are thriving because of the dome to keep moisture in and the sun on them all day. I don’t think he knows it’s there. But, I really don’t think I want to do the seed thing again unless I’m going to grow vegetables. I like the tubers a lot more and I’ll need to get the spider dahlias started now.