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How To Save Seed From Dahlias

 All open centre dahlias
 Are good for the bee population

You can save seed from all types of plants
but this is how I save seed from Dahlias
with photos

(1). First you need to choose the
flower you are going to save
the seed from.
This is a Collerette type Dahlia
The bees love this type of flower
with the big yellow centre

(2).As the flower gets past its best
let the petals drop out
 or take them out yourself.
Leave them on the plant

(3).Until all the petals are removed
from the old flower head
then you have to

(4).Keep squeezing the old flower
 head to get all the water out
of the head.
This will help it to dry

(5).Until the head is dry and ready
to take of the plant.
If you are interested in Dahlias
 and like to know what Dahlia you
 have saved the seed from put a label
on the stem with the name of the Dahlia
you have taken the seed of before you cut
of the plant.
Cut the stem as long as if you are going
to cut it to put in a vase about 16inch long.
 Then leave for 2 weeks then you are
ready to take the seed from this dry head 

(6).This is a collection of seed heads
ready to have the seed removed
from them

(7).Hear you can see the black seed
taken out of the seed head
ready to be packed in to seed packets
with the name and type of Dahlia
you have saved the seed from.
By saving seed this way you do not
know the type of Dahlia you are going
to have for the following year


As we say if you save seed from a dahlia it will not come true to the flower you saved the seed from,
to put the name of dahlia you saved the seed from is a reference to see
if that dahlia will give you a good new type of dahlia,
that is how we get new types,
some types do not give good flowers so you have to select good seed parents.
The bees do the pollinating they transfer pollen from one dahlia to another, that is cross pollenating.
The only way you can build your stock of a dahlia you like is to split the tuber up
once dug up or take cuttings from the tuber in the spring.
We take cuttings in the spring to make us tubers to sell the following year.
We plant seed in trays on the 1st April, they will flower about the end of July,
if we have any seedlings that flower that look good we will put a label on the stem
and save the plant that will make a tuber to grow on for the next year to see how it looks.



Hope this small peace of information
has been of some help to all you Dahlia lovers
If so let me know
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