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What to do with Dahlia's

Hi folks, I have planted some Dahlia this year for the first time ever. However, the original flowers are now losing their petals. Do I dead-head or cut off at the bottom of the stem to encourage new growth? There are plenty new fresh buds on the plant.

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  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 2,075
    I always dead head my dahlias by cutting to the base of the stem.  None of my dahlias are anywhere near flowering yet though.

  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 748
    edited June 2021
    Cut off the spent flower stem. You can just deadhead but they can begin to look a bit messy. Very jealous mine are nowhere near flowering yet 🙂
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