Growing Dahlia Seedlings Page 2

Seedlings are worked loose from the seed starting tray using a special little trowel (dibble.) Seedlings are always steadied and handled gently by one of the cotyledon leaves. The leaves lowest down on the seedling. This pair of leaves will die soon so if it is squeezed a little to hard it is not fatal to the seedling.

The seedling is then set into the preformed planting hole and gently pressed into place.

Four more weeks in a greenhouse or under bright lights gives a sturdy plant which is ready to transplant.

A bulb planter with a thumb activated dirt release is the ideal tool for making a hole for the root-ball coming out of the jumbo six packs.

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