My question is simple.

Just bought some Dahla bulbs by mail order.. I live in So.California.

Would the bulbs grow fast enough to have flowers this summer ( or fall ) ???

I've never planted dahlias in the USA.. I did grow them in the tropics..I just shade them a little bit ... Under a large tree, so they will get some filtered light/sun.  Please respond  quickly.. Thank you kindly,


James Drysen, Yorba Linda, Ca. 92886

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You have a longer summer than we do in Pa.  I would try a few to see what happens.  The rest could be refrigerated for next year unless you have a enclosed porch with a bright sunny window that shades over in the afternoon.  You could also try them in a pot and see what happens.  They are usually planted in late spring after the frost has passed.  You can mulch them over with a foot of mulch to keep them from freezing.
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