Use as a dramatic background for a perennial bed or to fill in bare spots in a new garden bed. Many people create a Dahlia garden to enjoy the splendor of flowers as they interact with each other and to use for creating lovely bouquets. Dahlias will add drama to any setting.
Plant Dahlia tubers, stem side up, at a depth of 1-2 inches, in spring after danger of frost has past.
Dahlia Parkland Glory Growing Dahlias: Staking Tips
Dahlias can be susceptible to wind, so keeping them somewhat protected is advised. Big Dahlias like ‘Parkland Glory’ need a wall or a couple of sturdy stakes to support them as they grow. The blooms are heavy and the stems can be somewhat delicate.
So plant two sturdy stakes when you plant your tubers. This way you can tie it to the stakes as it grows giving it plenty of support. The leaves of the plant will hide your stakes.
As your plants grow they will produce many buds. If you want really big blooms, you could pinch lateral (side of the stem) buds off, letting the plant put its energy into fewer blooms. But, lots of flowers are fun, so no pinching is a fine way to go too. Fertilize monthly up until mid-August. When the blooms are spent, deadhead the plant to keep flowers coming.
Great as cut flowers, cut the stems long (12-18 inches) to stimulate new growth and of course, new flowers.
Growing Dahlias: After Season Care
Hardy in zones 8-10, no special care is needed for an easy-to-grow perennial plant.
In colder areas (zones 3-7) dig or pull the roots, just before or after, the first frost. Cut off the stems, dig around the plant leaving room for the tubers that grow out from the stem.
Clean the tubers, dry them and store them in a paper bag with sawdust.
Alternatively place clean, dry, healthy tubers in a cardboard box or bushel basket on a bed of vermiculite, cover with an inch or two, leaving the stem exposed.
Store in a dark, cool place until spring planting time.
TIP: Zones 3-7: Save your packaging when your Dahlias arrive so that you can easily label your Dahlia tubers when you dig them in the fall. Keeping the photo with the tubers will remind you what you are planting next spring.
Over the years, the tubers will multiply, giving you more to plant and share with friends. If digging and saving the tubers sounds like too much work, you can just treat them as annuals and plant fresh tubers every spring.
Fire Pot Dahlia Growing Dahlias: Fun Facts
Traditionally in Mexico, the tubers were prized by native people for their large sweet potato-like tubers. It is still known as one of the native foods of Oaxacan cuisine.
Nurtured in the fabulous gardens of the Aztec king, Montezuma, Cortez probably brought many varieties back to Spain.
Declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963, Dahlias express the color, variety and joy of their native land.
Bring some summer cheer into your garden with Dahlias!
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