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How do you stake your dahlias?

NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,642
With photos if you have them!

I have used a sturdy hazel stake, but then the dahlia tuber grew with multiple stems, so I pushed a couple of more in but they ended up looking a bit trussed up and the stakes stood out too starkly against my pale stone walls.

I tried a couple of metal plant hoops in a semi-circle, but they flopped over the top and looked messy.

Would a grow-through type arrangement work, maybe like a basket of pea sticks or a metal grow-through?

I am struggling to think of an aesthetically pleasing solution that does not detract from the plants while still supporting them.

How do you do yours?

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  • I always have the same problem with mine too, I normally use canes and try keep them small so they don’t stick out the top of the plants.

    i always think each year if I should try something different but yeah most things look terrible among the dahlias so have stuck to strong canes so far!
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,063
    I grow dwarf varieties that don’t need staking!
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 993
    I grow dwarf varieties that don’t need staking!
    I only grow in containers but I had Bishop of Llandaff and Leicester without stakes and they were fine last year. Not exactly small ones.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,063
    I grow dwarf varieties that don’t need staking!
    I only grow in containers but I had Bishop of Llandaff and Leicester without stakes and they were fine last year. Not exactly small ones.
    I had a couple of tall pom-pom dahlias which stood tall without staking last year, but they were awful ugly things so I binned them!
  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120
    I’m not growing dahlias this year but when I have grown the taller varieties, I used a 4 foot long stake approximately 1 inch squared. I hammered it into the ground before I planted the dahlias in front of it. Once the dahlias got growing the stake completely disappeared but the plants were very supported.  I didn’t bother with supports for the lower height ones.
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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,642
    Yes it’s the taller ones that need staking (I don’t do the dwarf ones either). I did exactly the same as you @Brightstar, but my beds are curved and I could still see the stakes when I walked past and they annoyed me! Someone on the web mentioned wire ‘tomato cages’, which are basically just obelisks with the wide bit at the top from what I could tell, not sure how they would support the big-headed ones though. My Bishop of Llandalf was also the one that needed multiple staking and looked a bit trussed up.
  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120
    Mine were planted quite close together at one end of my cut flower patch so they weren’t really noticeable and they sort of propped each other up! I did need to put a few extra smaller canes in for the bushier ones, but I found if I could get the main stem well tied in it wasn’t too bad.
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

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