January Meeting

Join the South Eastern Michigan Dahlia Society (SEMDS) at the first monthly meeting of 2018

Date:   Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time:   3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location:  Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Meeting Topics:

  • The meeting will begin with a DVD introduction to the newest Dahlias accepted by the American Dahlia Society (ADS).
  • Dr. Keith Berven will give a presentation that explains how Dahlias are classified and organized in the ADS Classification Guide.
  • Introduce the ADS handbook and explain how to use it.
  • 2018 Calendar of Events will be available at the meeting. There will be lots of training opportunities in 2018 for the new (and old) grower.

Time to plant your dahlias!

  • Don’t be in a hurry to plant; dahlias will struggle in cold soil. Ground temperature should reach 60°F. Wait until all danger of spring frost is past before planting. (Try planting them a little after the tomato plants go in.)
  • Select a planting site with full sun. Dahlias grow more blooms with 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Dahlias thrive in rich, well-drained soil. The pH level of your soil should be 6.5-7.0, slightly acidic.
  • Plant your dahlias 2-3 feet apart.
  • Plant tuber with the eye facing up, about 6 to 8 inches deep. The crowns should be just below soil level.
  • Medium to large flowering dahlias will require support. Place stakes (5-6 feet tall) at planting time and tie stems to them as the plants grow. Most dahlias grown for cut flowers reach 4-6 feet so staking is important.





WHEN:  Saturday, May 6, 2017  9:00 am – 12:00 noon                           WHERE:  Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R, Troy, MI   48083               $4 – PLANTS & AA/A TUBERS    $3 – ALL OTHER TUBERS

Large selection of premium Dahlias at a great price!

Affiliated with the American Dahlia Society