Dahlias provide heart-stopping and jaw-dropping blooms in a multitude of colors from mid-summer through the fall making them one of the most desirable addition to any garden. The many varieties come in a huge number of sizes and shapes also makes it ideal for cutting and a star of the summer bouquet. From low growing to almost six feet tall, there is a perfect dahlia for any sunny garden.

how to grow dahlias right plantzDahlias are hardy in USAD zones 7-11. In warm climates, dahlias are perennials. In colder climates should be dug up and protected for the winter. The tubers can be stored in in a container of dry sawdust or kitty litter stored in a cool space. They can be replanted in the garden in May.

Requirements For Growing Dahlias

 

Light: Dahlias require full sun, meaning 4-6 hour of sunshine.

Drainage: The one major requirement to growing Dahlias is that they absolutely require excellent drainage. Dahlias are prone to freezing and/or rotting if planted in heavy clay or poorly drained soil.

Fertilizer: Dahlias are heavy feeders and do best with a regular supply of fertilizer. Begin to apply a water-soluble bloom-type solution about one month before they begin to set buds, and continue feeding every 3 to 4 weeks through the growing season.

Pests: The major pest of Dahlias are slugs. Additionally, deer like Dhalias and will devour them. Be sure to protect plants as needed.

Additional Notes: Because of the height that some Dahlia varieties will grow, staking them will be necessary. Growing Better Gardeners is not just our tagline, it is our mission.

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