Café au Lait Dinnerplate Dahlia
DetailsCafé Au Lait Dinnerplate Dahlia is the Dahlia to grow if you only have room for one. Big dinner-plate sized flowers steal the show in shades of creamy white tinted with apricot, pink, rose, and a touch of beige. These easy-to-grow perennials bloom from mid-summer to fall on sturdy stems and make choice cut flowers. In fact, the more you cut them, the more they bloom! For longer stems, snip out the center of each plant when they reach 18" to encourage lower branching and longer stems. Café Au Lait Dahlias are lovely planted in a perennial border where other plants can help support the big blooms. Staking may also be required to support the large flowers. 36-48" tall x 18-24" wide.
|Common Name||Café au Lait Dinnerplate Dahlia|
|Botanical Name||Dahlia Café au Lait|
|Zones||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||36-40" tall|
|Bulb Size||#1 Clump|
|Bulb Spacing||1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Bulbs / Tubers should be planted 1-2" below the soil line.|
|Bloom Time||Mid summer until frost|
|Flower Size||Up to 10" flowers|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Acidic Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Well Draining|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Poisonous||Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts.|
|Ideal Region||Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration. Read our article about How To Grow Dahlias.
Growing Dahlias: Plant Dahlia tubers after spring frosts in good garden soil with full sun. Dahlias must be protected from high winds, so we suggest you position them against a wall or be ready to stake them. Keep the plants well-watered and free of bugs, applying flower fertilizer as they grow. Your dahlias will be in full bloom by July or August, with the enormous flowers continuing to bloom until frost. As frost threatens, pull up the roots and trim off the stems. You can store the tubers in a cool dry place until the following spring.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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