Advice on staking dahlias please

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  1. jono

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    Hi all its been a long time.. I know I'm on the wrong page, I keep forgetting these things my apologies... Help needed here,,, I have looked up untold sites plus youtube etc regarding staking Dahlia's but none say how far apart the stakes should be.. Its for the dinner plate collection. I am getting the beds ready now so need help urgent please. I do realise this should be under new post but forgot how... Sorry. Anyone help me please. Plants are in pots in greenhouse doing nicely.
    For anyone who remembers I tried growing 2 coconuts in November they have roots on and are now in pots again in the greenhouse... Have to see how they get on
     
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      Plants must be spaced from each other with a space of 80-120 cm for the taller varieties, 50-80 cm for medium size dahlias and 30-40 cm for the dwarf plants.
       
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        3 stakes 2ft apart should be ok.
         
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          Thanks Freddy you talking my language now ft and ins lol
           
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            When I was showing I staked mine with 5ft canes allowing 1ft 6ins into the ground to hold better in the wind.I used to grow then under covers to help keep them fresh. Growing them 2 up and 1 cane for a small plant pot filled with straw to trap any earwigs.The smaller varieties put 4 smaller canes round them and just looped twine round them,again with a small plant pot on top pf 1 to trap earwigs.
             
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              Jono if you are growing the big 4 foot Dahlias , I would space them as Freddy and Java recommend 80 - 120 cm , 2 to 3 feet . Its only my third year growing dinner plate dahlias and I'll be spacing at nearer 3 feet. They are a big plant ! Fileyboy has the staking off to a fine art :thumbsup: I use vending machine cups on top of the stakes filled with straw to catch earwigs , and stop poking my eye out !
               
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              thank you Harry, much appreciated:biggrin:
               
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