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I have a Dahlia Care zoom class in May and a Digging and Dividing zoom class in October. They are all Eastern Standard Time. I accept Mastercard or Visa as payment. I have my Growing Dahlias class in February and March.
These online classes will feature my flower farming experiences during the last 8 years. I am a NC Forsyth County master gardener volunteer. I am also a member of the American Dahlia Society. I am Vice President of my local dahlia society chapter Central Carolina Dahlia Society.
I started flower farming in 2015 with four 100-foot rows and going to a small local farmer’s market. In 2016, I increased the cut flower field to forty 100-foot rows and changed to selling cut flowers to 9 local florists. In 2020, I also sold to a flower wholesaler as I was growing over 4800 dahlias and over 150 varieties. I delivered 500 to 1000 dahlias a week to the flower wholesaler.
I retired from selling dahlia blooms to florists. I now grow around 2000 dahlias. I also grow over 1000 dahlias from seeds. I collected the seeds from my dahlia field.
In the Growing Dahlias class, I will talk about soil health, raised beds, grow bags, taking dahlia cuttings, potting up dahlias for an early start, pre-sprouting tubers, and general planting tips.
In the Dahlia Care class, I will talk about pinching, disbudding, fertilizing, watering, staking and support, drip irrigation, harvesting, vase life, pest management, removing lower leaves, and other dahlia care tips. I will discuss what products I use for my pest management program. I try to use organic products as much as possible.
In the Growing Dahlias from Seeds, I will talk about dahlia traits, what does a seed pod look like, tips for collecting seeds, seed parents and other resources to help you. I will also talk about how to germinate the seeds in the spring and discuss planting dahlias from seed. I will share some of my experiences. I will also talk about evaluating your dahlias from seed.
In the Digging & Dividing class, I will talk about digging and dividing dahlias, taking late dahlia cuttings, pot tubers, winter storage, improving your soil during the winter, and other winter chores.
After the 60 minute presentation, I can answer your questions in this face to face meeting. I will email you a handout after the class with a summary of the class and where to purchase any products mentioned.
I have limited the class to 20 people to keep the meeting small. I hope you can join me! Please make sure you give me your email address as I will be emailing you the handout after the class. I would suggest you sign up for Zoom before the meeting. Please sign into the meeting about 5 minutes before the class starts. There is a meeting ID and passcode in your confirmation email.
Zoom is an easy to use online video platform and you can sign up for free. You need to have internet connection or be able to use your phone.
I may add more gardening classes in the future. Thank you, Paula Fisher.