Ideal for GARDEN and CONTAINER PLANTING
Dahlias are considered one of the most spectacular garden flowers. They need a sunny location to thrive, an area that receives at least 5 hours of direct sunlight is best. To promote a compact, bushy growing habit, with more flowers, pinch back the new growth when your dahlia is about a foot high. If your goal is to produce massive sized flowers, remove all of the side buds at the end of each branch throughout the growing season. Also, feel free to take off the faded blooms during the summertime for a prolonged flowering period and to encourage the dahlias to produce new flowers. For the finest cut flowers, cut them early in the day.
Dahlias like warm weather and do not tolerate frost. Therefore it is best to plant your dahlia tubers outdoors after the last frost date in your area. Should you live in a cold climate or prefer to get an early start, then you can plant your dahlia tubers in 1-gallon pots approximately 2 to 4 weeks prior to the last frost date.
Dahlias are perfect flowers for border- and container planting. Most of them will look stunning in combination with annuals thanks to their extremely long flowering period. Dahlias especially add to the perfect border when the tall varieties are planted in the back row. A border simply doesn't reach its maximum potential without the addition of these stunning Dahlias.
- Planting Location: Sun
- Planting: January-May
- Planting Depth: 2 inch (5 cm)
- Planting Distance: 20 inch (50 cm)
- Flowers In: June-September
- Flowering Height: Approx. 16 inch (40 cm)
How to Grow
Easy to Grow:
1. Select an area with full sun
2. Dig a hole 2 inches (5 cm) deep
3. Place the bulb in the hole, with pointed side up
4. Space bulbs 20 inches (50 cm) apart
5. Cover with soil and water thoroughly
Plant in groups of 2 or more, in well-drained soil. Bulbs will benefit from a handful of compost added to the planting holes.
Dahlias are ideal plants to be grown in pots and containers. The only important thing is that the soil must be well-drained, best is to have holes in the bottom and some low on the sides of the pot/container. Another solution would be to add a layer of rocks/granules on the bottom layer.
For storage in the fall, it is best to dig up the tubers and bring them inside before the first frost. You can store the tubers in a cool (frost-free) spot until its time to replant them again in the spring.
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