Victoria Dahlia Society


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    Home Garden tips

    We are trying something new during this stay at home season…

    items that would have been mentioned at the next VDS meeting

    Planting your Dahlias … by Cathy Featherby

    –   CHOOSE AN AREA WITH AT LEAST 6 HOURS OF SUNLIGHT

    DAHLIAS WILL GROW WHEN THE SOIL REACHES 50 DEGREES,

    MID APRIL TO MID MAY

    BE SURE YOUR SOIL IS NOT TOO WET OR TUBERS CAN ROT

    PREPARE YOUR GARDEN PLOT OR AREA

    –  REMOVE WEEDS AND TILL, TURN YOUR SOIL OVER BY HAND, OR PREPARE IN YOUR USUAL MANOR.

    ADD COMPOST, MANURE OR WHATEVER YOU USUALLY USE TO ENHANCE YOUR SOIL.

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    PREPARE A LIST OF YOUR DAHLIAS AND WHERE YOU WANT TO PLANT THEM

    DIG YOUR HOLE 10 TO 12 INCHES DEEP AND PUT WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU INTO THE BOTTOM, OR NOTHING.

    EG:  BONE MEAL or MANURE

    Happy Planting!

     

     

     

     

    add-on from Phil Newton

    The only thing that I might do different is that as soon as I put in the stake I label it. Both on the top and at the bottom. Also I always add bone meal and 8 24 16 around the irrigation ring.
    The reason we dig 12 inches deep is to cover the bone meal so the hole end up deep  enough to sink the potted plant into. Like a tomato it doesn’t hurt to over bury the stalk. With a bare tuber
    you put it 6 inches deep (bone meal in) cover with soil leaving the growing tip visible.  I always put a plastic cup around the growing tip as slug loves them but quit after the plant stalk stars growing.
    The bone meal really only kicks in after a full year in the soil.
    We usually get a frost in April, don’t start planting outside too soon. Flower moon early this year, May 7th. Could mean we can plant early in May.