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Q.Dahlias Growing Sideways

Zone 30066 | Rich Mickiewicz added on June 29, 2020 | Answered

Greetings and Salutations !!! After mastering my lawn, I am moving on to start a flower garden. Anyway, I planted 10 Dahlias and some of them look like they are growing sideways rather than straight up – see below pics. What do I do? Dig them up and replant? Put soil horizontally on the stems? Just stake them from the new location of the stem?

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Answered on June 29, 2020

Do you have a pet that might be laying on it? The enlarged hole makes it look like it's being pushed by force and not reaching for the sun.

Make sure the stem isn't soft. There is a disease called stem rot that may affect its ability to remain standing.

I would stake it upright; that is a good idea. Here is growing info about dahlias, plus diseases:




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