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Dahlias pinching out.

martinjwoodsmartinjwoods wisbechPosts: 13
Curious as to what would happen if i did not pinch out my Dahlias? Had the odd one before but never tubers but plants bought from a nursery.  It seems such a shame now they are sprouting all over and in a couple of weeks i have to cut them down. Anyone ever not pinch them out?


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,611
    I've never pinched out Dahlias.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,895
    Me neither.
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  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    Me neither 
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,874
    Nope, I know Monty says you get more flower stems, but I only grow the cactus and dinner plates, more than enough big flowers for me!
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,940
    Pinching them makes them shorter and bushier. So logically, if you don’t you will get taller, skinnier plants. I pinch out most of them but the ones I grow right at the back of the border, where I want them tall, I don’t. If you want bigger but fewer flowers, remove the two smaller buds growing either side of the main one in the middle or if the reverse, do the reverse. 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,611
    Mine are plenty bushy without pinching, but one of them gets pretty tall so I might try it with that one this year.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,008
    I've made a point of pinching out all mine this year once they have 4 sets of leaves.
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