Dahlias are a beautiful flower and great to keep around in our gardens with the correct zones. Growing them is easy and there are so many varieties to choose from. If you are looking to add color to the garden, these are one type that should be considered!
Here are some great tips for growing dahlias and different keeps available.
– Plant in late spring after the soil is warm in full sun and there is no threat of frost.
– Plant them in rich, well-drained soil so the crown is just below the soil. Don’t water until they start to sprout out of the soil. They are prone to rot.
– For tall or dinner plate varieties, put stakes around the plant, so it’s secure as it grows.
– Fertilize every two weeks with a bloom fertilizer. It’s important to use a fertilizer low in nitrogen, (that’s the first of the three numbers on a fertilizer) because too much nitrogen will grow big plants with no blooms.
– Keep well-watered, but try not to water late in the evening, especially later in the fall. They can develop powdery mildew.
When your plant is 6-8 inches tall, pinch off the top growing point above the third set of leaves to encourage a bushier plant. Remember to clip off dying flowers at least once a week to promote more blooms.
Dahlias can be hardy down to zone 7, but are usually treated as an annual.
Here are some varieties, both large and small! Here are some of their choices…
Dreamcatcher – Grows to 4 feet with 6 inch blooms… This one is a focal point for gardens!
Tahiti Sunrise – This spiky bloomer is a smaller plant, about 2 1/2 feet tall, with 5 inch blooms.
Bonne Esperance – A variety from the ’40’s, this single blooming pink beauty shows you that not all dahlias are of the double appearance… Low growing to 12 inches, this blooms early and long for a charming bedding plant!
Emory Paul – This is a large, dinner plate variety, growing to 4 1/2 feet tall, with blooms over 10 inches across!