VH>I planted some large dahlias this year using a support system that someone
VH>(here?) recommended. It consisted of tomato cages that had the lets cut
VH>off. You put the cage on the ground, large circle down, and fastened it to
VH>the ground with the wire legs that you cut off.VH>All went well for a while. The dahlia got to be about 6 feet tall and were
VH>covered with flowers. Last nigh we had a moderate storm with some big
VH>gusts. One neighbor lost his Bradford pear (not that it was a shock). The
VH>wind broke off my dahlias about two fee from the ground. They are all bent
VH>over and pinched tightly on main stem. I doubt that they could be uprighted
VH>and live? Any advice would be appreciated. At this point I assume that the
VH>only thing I can do is cut them off at the ground and let them start over.
I use my tomato cages for half for my tomatoes. The other, more robust
stalks I drive a couple stakes and run a rope between them; to which
I attach the stalks just below the area where those are bearing fruit.
My dahlias also work best supported (but not always attached) by ropes
stung between poles driven into the ground in line with the main stalks.
Sorry for your loss; but I would only remove the plant material torn
from the plants, and let Mother Nature take care of repairing the
damage. The bulbs need to store up strengh to be productive again
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