How to Plant Sprouting Dahlia Tubers

If you received tubers that started growing long stems looking for light in your mailing package, do not fret. You can get two or three extra plants from your tuber by planting the stems separately, plus plant the healthy tuber. A tuber sprouting with growth is always good news. Recently I found a box of…

Saving a Dahlia Tuber with Rot

Maybe, just maybe, you ordered Dahlia tubers and left them in the plastic bag in the box they came in. Months pass and you discover this “buried treasure.” Horrors. Some are mushy. Wailing. What to do? First get them out of the bags as fast as you can and check each tuber. Air. These tubers…

What is a Flower Farmer?

Flower Farmer is a modern term for floriculture, for us smaller growers. It’s a lifestyle. It involves growing flowers, shrubs and plants (also called Specialty Cuts) for weddings, CSA customers, florists and possibly, farmers markets. It is also a lifestyle that involves a lot of physical labor. One learns about anterior and posterior muscles of…

Beneficial Praying Mantis For Your Dahlias

Organic Gardening. At one time that was how everyone gardened. Spraying poisons about is not something I want to do so I look to nature for solutions. The Praying Mantis family help eat the beetle population and leaf hoppers here on the dahlia farm. Their diet includes a variety of insects and caterpillars. Mostly the…

My First Dahlia

This post should be titled, “First Dahlia Fail.” Oh, don’t get me wrong. The dahlia grew and bloomed. It was what happened right after the first flowers were presented. We had moved to a quiet development with a big backyard. It was a sea of grass punctuated with two lilac bushes, and a mock orange….

Do Dahlias Love Hot Weather?

You bet they do. Whether dahlias like cooler overcast or cloudless skies and hot-cooker-days really comes down to one very important element…the “soil.” We farm here in Maryland and we are just starting our “dog days of Summer,” and the dahlias are unfazed by the heat. They are lush, stretching up their green mittens (flower…