Posted: 22/05/2012 at 22:38
the dahlia tubers which were captious all spring to the point of despair, mine, not theirs, have gotten down to business, perhaps too much so.
the gardener new to dahlias might very well rejoice at the forest of sprouts-but don't do it. we all know that four canes per plant will give many medium flowers; two will give a few large blooms and one strictly managed and disbudded will produce a giant flower which the wind will snapoff on the day it opens.
just tossing most of the sprouts seems harsh, but on the other hand making more dahlias when the garden hardly has room for the 25 or 30 we already have seems foolish, but oh the joys of propagation. is there a better way to know our plants than by making more?