I’m still swimming in a bit of a fog after last weekend’s wildflower themed workshop and can’t find the words to share just how incredible the experience was. It’s one of those things you really have to experience to understand. I hope someday you can join us. There’s nothing quite like it.
This Week On The Farm: Week 26
Hi Erin- dahlia season is in full bloom here in philly and I thought you might answer a questions for me. I have a small patch of dahlias I grow exclusively for my events (at our restaurant) and I was wondering a few questions.
1- how long can I hold fresh cut blooms in the cooler before I use? Will they last 5 days in the cooler, arrange and then back in the cooler overnight arranged to hold for the next day’s event? (Ie: I’m getting one bloom a day and collecting for 5 days in order to have enough to use for an arrangement)
2-I am getting wilting after a day in vase. Can the blooms be revived grouch stem burning?
3-I only get about 1-2 blooms at a time on a plant. I see you have at least 5 on each plant that are mature enough to cut at the same time. What am I doing wrong?
Any help is appreciated! You are an inspiration to all of us field to florist aspirationals!!!
Amanda, hopefully this will help.
1- You can safely hold them for 5 days and totally use them in an event.
2-You shouldn’t be getting wilting that soon. I’m wondering if you’re cutting them too ripe? Do you use floral preservative? It will really help.
3-Pproduction should increase soon but I “pinch” our dahlias (cut out the center of the plant when they are 8-12″ tall) so that they branch at the base. This greatly increases the number of blooms per plant.
Oh Erin you don’t know how jealous I am of those buckets of beautiful dahlias!! My first planting of 100 tubers got some issue and all but a few kicked the bucket.. I sighed, and reordered, but most of them didn’t come up!! :( I could almost weep! I love them so..
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How exciting! So happy for you!
I should know but I don’t, what are those beautiful pink flowers? Gosh you inspire me……M
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Beautiful as always!!