Learning: Topping or Stopping

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Here we see a beautiful dahlia plant ready for "topping" or "stopping". Both terms refer to the same process, pinching out the growing center of the plant. This is best done in the early morning when the plant is turgid and crisp. Removing this growing tip will ensure additional flowering laterals for more flowers. In picture #2 you can see the very small laterals just starting to grow. They will just take off now and will become beautiful flowers. One flower for each lateral. So you see "topping" not only helps the plant fill out but gives us more flowers!

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Late Disbudding

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