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Plant Care Instructions By Lucy Warren

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45
USDA Zones : 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11, 12
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Propagate

        Start seeds indoors.

  • February
    • Buy

        Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

    • Propagate

        Start seeds indoors.

  • March
    • Buy

        Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

    • Plant

        Plant when danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed. About two weeks prior to planting, prepare soil by digging to about one foot and incorporating organic matter and fertilizer. Insert stakes for tall varieties.

    • Sow Seeds

        While most people plant tubers, you can sow seed. Start seeds early indoors. Wait until after danger of frost is past to transplant seedlings in the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Use about 1/4 cup low nitrogen fertilizer in the planting hole when you put in the plant. As dahlias are grown seasonally, they need to have the fertilizer readily available to the roots.

    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Prune

        Especially on tall dahlias, thin or pinch back all but the one or two strongest shoots when plant is young for best blossoms.

    • Mulch

        Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots. Best if applied just after transplanting. or when the plants begin to grow.

    • Transplant

        Transplant seed grown plants after danger of frost when plant is no less than 4 inches tall.

    • Propagate

        Start seeds indoors.

  • April
    • Buy

        Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

    • Plant

        Plant when danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed. About two weeks prior to planting, prepare soil by digging to about one foot and incorporating organic matter and fertilizer. Insert stakes for tall varieties.

    • Sow Seeds

        While most people plant tubers, you can sow seed. Start seeds early indoors. Wait until after danger of frost is past to transplant seedlings in the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Use about 1/4 cup low nitrogen fertilizer in the planting hole when you put in the plant. As dahlias are grown seasonally, they need to have the fertilizer readily available to the roots.

    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Prune

        Especially on tall dahlias, thin or pinch back all but the one or two strongest shoots when plant is young for best blossoms.

    • Mulch

        Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

    • Transplant

        Transplant seed grown plants after danger of frost when plant is no less than 4 inches tall.

  • May
    • Buy

        Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

    • Plant

        Plant when danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed. About two weeks prior to planting, prepare soil by digging to about one foot and incorporating organic matter and fertilizer. Insert stakes for tall varieties.

    • Sow Seeds

        While most people plant tubers, you can sow seed. Start seeds early indoors. Wait until after danger of frost is past to transplant seedlings in the garden.

    • Fertilize

        Use about 1/4 cup low nitrogen fertilizer in the planting hole when you put in the plant. As dahlias are grown seasonally, they need to have the fertilizer readily available to the roots.

    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Prune

        Especially on tall dahlias, thin or pinch back all but the one or two strongest shoots when plant is young for best blossoms.

    • Mulch

        Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

    • Transplant

        Transplant seed grown plants after danger of frost when plant is no less than 4 inches tall.

  • June
    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

  • July
    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

  • August
    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

  • September
    • Water

        Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

    • Propagate

        Dig tubers after plant has died back for the season. Store in a cool, dry place, divide to individual tubers before planting.

  • October
    • Propagate

        Dig tubers after plant has died back for the season. Store in a cool, dry place, divide to individual tubers before planting.

  • November
    • December
      • Winter
        • Spring
          • Summer
            • Fall
              • Buy

                When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

                • March

                  Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

                • April

                  Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

                • May

                  Dahlia tubers come into the nurseries in the late winter to spring. Buy them when you see the varieties you like.

              • Plant

                When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Plant when danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed. About two weeks prior to planting, prepare soil by digging to about one foot and incorporating organic matter and fertilizer. Insert stakes for tall varieties.

                • April

                  Plant when danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed. About two weeks prior to planting, prepare soil by digging to about one foot and incorporating organic matter and fertilizer. Insert stakes for tall varieties.

                • May

                  Plant when danger of frost is past and the soil has warmed. About two weeks prior to planting, prepare soil by digging to about one foot and incorporating organic matter and fertilizer. Insert stakes for tall varieties.

              • Sow Seeds

                When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  While most people plant tubers, you can sow seed. Start seeds early indoors. Wait until after danger of frost is past to transplant seedlings in the garden.

                • April

                  While most people plant tubers, you can sow seed. Start seeds early indoors. Wait until after danger of frost is past to transplant seedlings in the garden.

                • May

                  While most people plant tubers, you can sow seed. Start seeds early indoors. Wait until after danger of frost is past to transplant seedlings in the garden.

              • Fertilize

                When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Use about 1/4 cup low nitrogen fertilizer in the planting hole when you put in the plant. As dahlias are grown seasonally, they need to have the fertilizer readily available to the roots.

                • April

                  Use about 1/4 cup low nitrogen fertilizer in the planting hole when you put in the plant. As dahlias are grown seasonally, they need to have the fertilizer readily available to the roots.

                • May

                  Use about 1/4 cup low nitrogen fertilizer in the planting hole when you put in the plant. As dahlias are grown seasonally, they need to have the fertilizer readily available to the roots.

              • Water

                Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

                • April

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

                • May

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

                • June

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

                • July

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

                • August

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

                • September

                  Dahlias need regular water throughout the growing season.

              • Prune

                When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Especially on tall dahlias, thin or pinch back all but the one or two strongest shoots when plant is young for best blossoms.

                • April

                  Especially on tall dahlias, thin or pinch back all but the one or two strongest shoots when plant is young for best blossoms.

                • May

                  Especially on tall dahlias, thin or pinch back all but the one or two strongest shoots when plant is young for best blossoms.

              • Mulch

                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots. Best if applied just after transplanting. or when the plants begin to grow.

                • April

                  Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

                • May

                  Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

                • June

                  Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

                • July

                  Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

                • August

                  Use mulch to retain moisture around the roots.

              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Treat for Pest/Disease

                    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Transplant

                      When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • March

                        Transplant seed grown plants after danger of frost when plant is no less than 4 inches tall.

                      • April

                        Transplant seed grown plants after danger of frost when plant is no less than 4 inches tall.

                      • May

                        Transplant seed grown plants after danger of frost when plant is no less than 4 inches tall.

                    • Propagate

                      When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • January

                        Start seeds indoors.

                      • February

                        Start seeds indoors.

                      • March

                        Start seeds indoors.

                      • September

                        Dig tubers after plant has died back for the season. Store in a cool, dry place, divide to individual tubers before planting.

                      • October

                        Dig tubers after plant has died back for the season. Store in a cool, dry place, divide to individual tubers before planting.

                    • Harvest

                      When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Special requirements

                        Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec

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