FlowerBulbs.com Uncovers the Mystery of Dream Garden Dahlias

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A guide to successfully growing one of this season’s trendiest plants in time for Cinco de Mayo

PHILADELPHIA CREAM, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — As the national flower of Mexicodahlias are the perfect flower to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Growing these beautiful, large flowers may seem like a mystery, but with a little extra love, gardeners of all skill levels will be rewarded with an endless summer of color.

Benefits of dahlias

Dahlias have a rich history but have recently gained popularity due to their ‘Instagram-worthy’ blooms. Their flowers come in a rainbow of colors ranging in size and texture from 2 inch pom poms to 15 inch monster blooms. Most varieties can grow up to 5 feet tall. Single-flowered varieties attract pollinators to the garden and have recently been recognized by European bulb growers as the bulb of the year.

When and where to plant dahlias

Order and buy dahlia tubers in early spring, but wait until the last frost has passed before planting. Give them a head start by planting them in containers indoors, then establishing them in the ground after frost. Choose a location with well-drained, slightly acidic soil and plenty of sun.

How to plant and care for dahlias

Dahlias grow from bulb-like structures called tubers. Small pink or green “eyes” or growth are good signs that the tuber is healthy. Avoid planting tubers that look too dry, wrinkled or rotten. Plant just below the soil surface, about 5 inches apart for smaller varieties or up to 12 inches apart for taller varieties. Once planted, cover with soil and water, so that the soil is moist but not too saturated. There should be no need to water again until the plants emerge.

Pinching, disbudding and staking

Most smaller dahlia varieties don’t need additional staking, pinching, or disbudding, but larger varieties do benefit from extra support. When the plants are about 1 foot tall, pinching off the top 4 inches of growth on the central branch will encourage bushier plants. Focus the plant’s energy on the larger flowers by debudding – removing the two smaller buds adjacent to the central bud in a cluster of flowers. Insert the stakes at planting time and adjust as the plant grows.

Digging up and storing tubers

While most dahlia varieties are winter hardy in USDA zones 8 and warmer, many gardeners remove the tubers and store them for the winter.

  • After the first frost, cut the stems back to about 3 inches.

  • Use a garden spade or hand rake to gently loosen the soil.

  • Gently pull the tubers out of the ground.

  • Wash away dirt and debris.

  • Allow the tubers time to dry out or dry out in a well-ventilated area with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees for 24 to 48 hours.

Once hardened, place it in a dry cardboard box or paper bag, fill with dry sand or small wood chips to maintain humidity and allow air circulation. Check them regularly during the winter and remove any tubers that have started to rot to prevent spreading.

In spring, remove from storage and plant in the garden for another year of epic dahlia blooms. Each year spent in the ground, the tubers will grow too!

This Campaign is funded with the assistance of the European Union.

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