Premature Dahlia Planting

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I planted a dahlia in the ground today. Should I join Gamblers Anonymous? http://ping.fm/HKOhp

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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gerald hall October 26, 2009, 6:50 pm

we live @1500ft, have frost ,very rarely is the ground frozen, do i have to dig up my dinnerplate dalhias every year

Fig Tree September 15, 2009, 2:34 pm

Dahlias are the most amazing thing ever- we went to the dahlia festival at Swan Island Dahlias and it was truly an amazing site. Getting ready to get my own bulbs in the ground!

Craig @ Ellis Hollow June 12, 2009, 7:35 pm

Let’s coin a new phrase. Frost = ‘A Saskatchewan Pinching’.

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Gwendolyn May 12, 2009, 8:42 am

I, too, have planted all of my dahlias– they aren’t doing anything in the basement either, so they might as well be outside. You and I will be the ones laughing at our Dahlia blooms on the fourth of July. As a perennially early planter, last year I picked my first Dahlia on June 27.

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Craig @ Ellis Hollow May 10, 2009, 8:22 pm

The soil is still pretty cold: http://met-www.cit.cornell.edu/climate/ithaca/gfr_logger.html

So they’ll just sit there happily until it warms up. It’s that early June frost after they’re up and doing that you’ve got to watch out for. Keep the pots and buckets ready to cover them.

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Taryn June 12, 2009, 12:51 pm

what do you do if you’ve lost the top 2 feet of a plant to frst on the 10th of June in Saskatchewan? Can you cut back the frozen leaves/parts and have it still grow back?

Kathy Purdy June 12, 2009, 2:57 pm

Taryn, you’re talking about a dahlia, right? (You just say plant.) I haven’t had that much experience with dahlias, but my guess is that it will continue to grow, but blooming might be delayed so long that it gets killed by autumn frosts before it blooms. You won’t know until you try.

Taryn June 12, 2009, 5:02 pm

Thanks Kathy. Yes, it is a dahlia. It’s the dinnerplate variety and I bought it last weekend for $30 and it’s allready 4 feet tall. The leaves are black on the top 2/3 of the plant now. I guess I’ll cut it back to the green and see what happens. Thanks.

Kathy Purdy June 12, 2009, 5:11 pm

Gee, gardening is tough in Saskatchewan! Are June frosts typical? Cause if they were, I’d keep any $30 plant on wheels until I was sure all danger of frost was past.