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Do I need to pinch out these dahlia seedlings?

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They're looking a bit lanky... Do I need to pinch them out?

Has anyone got any I can compare mine to? Not sure what they are supposed to look like!

Thankyou 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    Yes, I would.  They need more light and less heat which is why they are etoliated (a fancy word for tall and thin due to lack of light!)  Pinch them out carefully right at the top and only if they have 2 or more sets of true leaves (ie ignore the lowest pair of seed leaves.)

    Last edited: 14 June 2016 21:49:23

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  • Thankyou Bob. That explains a lot. They are in my front porch which gets very warm. Hmmm, I wonder where I can put them. I'm waiting for my husband to put up my greenhouse but it won't be anytime soon as I've got him hard landscaping our back garden!

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  • ShamrockShamrock Posts: 44

    Hi everyone, I've just planted a tuber today. Any chance that it will flower ?

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    pinch them out, give them a couple of days to recover and get them outside in a sunny spot.

    Shamrock - did the tuber have any growth? if not it might - just - in late summer. but if the tubers were in any way soft and it had no growth it may be dead.

  • ShamrockShamrock Posts: 44

    Hi Treehugger, thanks for that. Yes ,there were two healthy looking shoots on the tuber and it felt nice and firm. I'll keep my fingers crossed.image

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