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Dahlia and Zinnia Progress Since Planting

Don’t get me wrong – I like a weed free garden as much as the next person. Often times, however, it just isn’t realistic. With so many commitments to work and whatever these days, I feel like I would be a major fraud if I showed you a perfectly grass free dahlia bed. Now that we’ve gotten that disclaimer about weeds out of the way – we can actually talk about dahlias. 

This season, I planted over 100 dahlias. While that seems like a really huge number, I’ve been saving tubers of various varieties for almost five years now. In addition, I’ve been propagating them by cuttings, as well. A recent post showed me planting them into the mud. I’m happy to say that the plants seem to be adjusting to my mistreatment of them quite well. In fact, in just a few weeks, I’m fairly certain that they have almost doubled in size.

The vast majority of our Benary’s Giant zinnia seedling transplants are also happy and doing well in their new homes. Who knows, maybe I’ll even add some trellis netting soon. I’ve already finished pinching them. If you’re not familiar with that process, be sure to check out our YouTube channel. We’ve definitely got a video for that!

Overall, I’m really eager to see how the dahlias do this year. Since they’re a little more “needy” than most of my other plants, I have a habit of neglecting them. This year, I’m doing my best to stay on top of things. Are you growing dahlias this year? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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One Comment

  • Dianna

    I’m not growing dahlias this year, but once we get settled in our new house I plan to really enjoy the garden space. The leftover zinnia seeds from last year germinated and grew….and they’re all orange and yellow. I have never had them in those colors before! I’m wondering if I somehow got the seeds mixed up with something else.

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