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Dalia blooms hidden

I grow daliaas and other plants rotating them to show the, in bloom. About one third of the plants have too much foliage and hide the blooms - what am I doing wrong? example image attached.image

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,413

    That's a lot of foliage!

    What are you feeding them with?

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 1,618

    Perhaps you started feeding them too early?

  • Thanks for the responses. I've been feeding them general purpose liquid fertiliser once a week is that too much? Do I need to feed them at all?

  • Some feeds help produce folilage and other feeds help produce flower I would think the food you have been giving the plant is high in nitrogen so helping it to produce all the foliage.

    I would be feeding it tomato feed which promotes flower. You can feed tomato feed to anything that you want to produce flowers.

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 1,618

    I usually start feeding my dahlias and other flowering plants once they show flower buds, perhaps you began feeding them too early.  

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,413

    Yes, I think the general purpose feed has too much nitrogen.

    Use a tomato fertilizer (e.g. Tomorite) which are designed to promote flowers not leaves

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Model answer - thanks everyone

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