Growing Dahlias

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growing Dahlias

Dahlia is a perennial plant native to Mexico, Central America and Columbia with very showy flowers.

Soil:

Grows in well-drained soil. Loosen up soil in garden & add chicken manure and compost (use potting soil for containers).

Planting:

Bury tubers horizontally 4” to 6” deep in mid-April through May when ground temperature is approximately 60 F. degrees, 15 C. degrees. Protect young plants from snails and slugs.

Water:

Wait for sprouts to appear above the ground before watering the buried tubers. For extremely hot climate, water very lightly after planting. For containers, keep soil a little damp, but not wet. Established plants need more water (deep watering 2 to 3 times a week).

Light:

Plant in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day). In extremely hot regions, morning sun and afternoon shade might be needed. Less sun means taller plants and less blooms.

Winter:

Stop watering and cut off plants in November when leaves are blacken by frost; only leave about 6”, 15cm of stems. Leave tubers in the ground for a week or so and dig up the clumps (keep as much dirt around each clump as possible). Store the clumps in cardboard boxes in a cool but not freezing location until next year. If planting in containers, move them to a dry area to avoid tuber rot from rain.

pink Dahlia flowers

 

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