Let it go to see and try the seeds for next year. You won't know what the flowers will look like might get a couple that are keepers. I tried it myself got four plants. Their flowers were red not pink, two had the dark folige like the parent plant.
No keepers this time I'll let them grow this year and give them away or dump them. Given it a go with your favourites, you never know. I got a dahlia this year, it's gorgeous, dahlia colour spectacle, big double and single orange flowers that fade to yellow, looks on fire changes every day, can't get a decent photo giving its thought colour. definitely keeping the seeds.
@hkyfvr oh no 😧 that’s just mean of them 😣 they must love them as much as we do 😛 I did a snail search and got rid of all I found. They have a sneaky habit of hiding under the rim of the pots so now they get swept out with a bamboo cane 🤣
@alan1111 it’s grown so much in the past week! All are decent sizes now, even the ones I grew from seed last year have come back well. No others with buds yet though 😜 yours won’t take long to shoot up now they’ve broken the soil 😁
Love the colour! Funny how that happens! On some plants the male will be a smaller, less impressive flower and the female will be the bigger, fuller more impressive flower. I wonder if that's the same with dahlias🤔
@patburke58 you’re so lucky! Think we are due our first frost tomorrow night 😔 I’d never grown dahlias before this year and only have 2 so far but they are gorgeous! Will definitely be adding to them next year 😁
Haven't had a problem with ants on the dahlias but last year had a problem with aphids. None this year yet. Some ants farm aphids so they can milk them for their honeydew. This might be why the ants are there. (I know this sounds odd but you can Google it if you think I'm crazy)😂😁
If the ants are farming the aphids, they'll keep the aphids alive (as a food source). The ants won't hurt the dahlias but the aphids will. If you get rid of the aphids, you'll also get rid of the ants. We just make a home made solution from dawn dish soap, a bit of vinegar and warm water and spray it wherever you see the aphids.
Not the best photo but this Dahlia has flowered like crazy this year 😍 #dahlia
So many beautiful blooms 😍😍
They look stunning😍😍
That looks so like one of mine and it’s flowered like crazy this year ❤️❤️❤️
@hkyfvr @gjones thanks ladies 😀 it’s been non-stop flowers for weeks, and non-stop deadheading too 🤣
@pelly there’s some that have excelled and others have struggled 😜 a weird year for all plants 😅
Always welcome. Deadheading is not the most exciting activity. 😆
@KOutdoors thank you Karen 😃 I’m sorry yours is taking its time to flower 😔 is it usually much faster to open? Could be earwigs chomping on it. They’ve been at mine most years!! 🙈
Fabulous display 👍❤️
@KOutdoors I’m sure it’ll make it through winter 😁 earwigs were a pain when my dahlias were new but they don’t seem to bother them now. Must not like old leaves 😂
@jeatacake @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom thank you both 😛 the smaller flowered dahlias have all done so well! It’s the big beasts that aren’t very generous with their flower numbers 🙄