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“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
One of my favorite dahlias is Shiloh Noelle, a white AA with a lavender blush in the center. I was thinking a few years ago it was about to go extinct, it was hanging on at maybe 1 seller. Now you would never know it as it is available at many sellers. An amazing comeback!
Name: Amanda CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b DahliaAddict.com
I added Hollyhill Peachy Keen to the database today. I feel very confused because I feel as if I have been hearing about a 'Peachy Keen' dahlia for a long time, but there was no similarly named variety in the database. I guess people have just been chatting about it here?
I use heavy duty folding pruners for those. Mine have handles that fold and the pruners are geared so they can cut through tough material easily. They are one of my favorite tools and work real well on Hollyhill dahlia "trees'.. Next best thing to a chainsaw!
Hollyhill Stalks and Dividing
Examples would be HH Jitterbug and even more daunting are Zarina, Tangelo or especially Wedding Day.
I have saved a chunk(small log) of a Wedding Day stalk to see if it actually will turn into wood. One has to use loppers to cut these stalks and these 21.5 inch ones may not be long enough for some people. Even if the clump has two or three stalks, I must use the loppers.
I use loppers that are not quite full length and if I were going out to buy some, I would consider the Fiskars.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Name: Steve San Diego Commercial cut flower grower
One season I broke my arm just before it was time to divide tubers. It was decades ago, when I was much younger and much wiser. I decided the solution was to hold the tubers between my knees while I used a jigsaw to saw apart the tubers. I divided over 1000 tubers without any serious injuries or losses to my manhood. It is not a method I can recommend. :)