Posted: 12/06/2014 at 09:28
I planted dahlias for the first time ever this season.
I planted them (bedding plants) in a multi purpose compost, with a teaspoon of bone meal, in pots. I pinched out each plant before planting.
The plants have grown famously, lush green & very healthy looking. My problem is that they are mostly green leaves with not very many flower buds. The buds produced are very small & the large growth of foliage is smothering these buds.
Can I do anything to rectify this problem? Is this common for dahlias to grow this way or is it something I have done wrong? Maybe I shouldn't have pinched them out because the buds & flowers are hidden in the foliage. Any advice would be appreciated.