Ode to Dahlias

Dahlias are a must-have in a summer garden. Not only are they super easy to grow, they also make great cutting flowers. Clip four or five flowers and you have yourself an easy, single-flower bouquet.

5 Simple Tips for Growing Dahlias

  1. Plant tubers in the spring. That way you’ll get beautiful blooms in the summer.
  2. Give them sun. Dahlias are sun lovers so give them plenty of sunshine, 6+ hours a day.
  3. Stake ‘em. If you plant a taller variety of dahlia, be sure to give it some support by staking it.
  4. Keep them watered. While you sure don’t want to flood your dahlias (most plants don’t like having wet feet), keeping the soil moist will ensure your plants have food to grow.
  5. Dig up the tubers in the fall if you live in a cold area. Dahlias are hardy in warm areas, but won’t survive in the ground in an area that gets below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. I leave mine in the ground, but I also live in zone 9. We got a hard frost a few years ago and it was like the world was ending.

 

My mom bought me this dahlia last year when she came out to help with the baby. Now when it blooms, I think of her.

 

 

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