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By Annie P on June 7, 2010

Do you have what it takes to grow dahlias? With this general information, you will find the dahlia is easy to raise, if some basic conditions are met. Once successful, the question then becomes which of the 50,000 available to try! That's an entirely different subject. So what do dahlias need to grow?

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Jun 7, 2010 5:33 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Annie, great article, and I absolutely love the photos. What a great surprise to find this article this morning.
I did not know you could start cuttings from dahlias. Is it hard to do?
Jun 7, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Thanks, Lynn. Taking cuttings must be hard because I'm terrible at it when using the very orderly and careful methods described on the subject. Sterilizing the blade, using just the right media, moisture levels, light, and temperature has about a huge failure rate for me.

But outdoors, breaking off a small dahlia branch accidentally, plunking it in a casually crafted finger poke in the garden, patting it down, and proceeding to ignore it thoroughly will produce another plant and tubers with 95% success! Hilarious! Sometimes the best methods are the no-fuss methods.

Off to make more changes. Take care of your chickens! Big Grin Big Grin
Jun 7, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I think I might be able to do your second method. Might try it.
The chickens are all doing great. They sure don't eat much in the way of bugs though. Rolling on the floor laughing

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