Dahlia flowers are a beautiful type of flower that require certain conditions to flourish. They are typically planted within the winter months. Dahlias are accustomed to colder climates and bloom in mid summer. Usually, dahlias will come into full bloom during mid-July. However, this is only after a great deal of care has taken place. For dahlias to flourish, they need to be positioned in a good amount of space within the garden. This is especially true for larger dahlias which can grow to 5 feet tall. If nurtured and tended to properly, dahlias can be a stunning accompaniment to an attractive array of flowers.
These brightly colored, spiky flowers are more commonly found in the colder climates of North America. They are otherwise known as tuberous rooted perennials and are often planted during the season of spring. They generally begin to bloom around midsummer. These flowers vary in size, ranging from large 10 inch flowers to more modest sized 2 inch flower heads. Dahlia flowers grow to be approximately 4 or 5 feet tall. These flowers are not accustomed to warm weather and grow best in cool, moist environments.
Choosing the best time to plant is essential for producing the best grown dahlias. These types of flowers will struggle to flourish in cold soil. Instead, the soil needs to be around 60 degrees Fahrenheit for the flowers to begin to grow. An area in the garden that receives direct sunlight is also a must. Dahlias grow best when they receive 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. These flowers also need soil that is slightly more on the acidic side. The optimum ph levels of the soil should be between 6.5 and 7.0. If the soil is heavier, it is possible to add sand or steer manure to loosen the texture of the soil.
If the dahlia tubers appears wrinkled or rotten, it is best to avoid planting these bulbs altogether. It is also advisable to plant the bulbs whole about 8 inches deep into the soil. Dahlias can grow tall so it is important to put in place some support to help the flowers grow healthily. Keeping dahlias away from other tall growing, similar flowers will help them to flourish. Instead of placing them with other similar flowers, it is a good idea to plant dahlias with the plants in your vegetable garden.
After planting dahlias, they begin to bloom after about 8 weeks. Give the flowers an opportunity to grow slightly taller before watering. Otherwise this can encourage rot. Instead, wait until the sprouts have appeared above the soil before watering the dahlias. After the dahlias have begun to sprout, in order to keep the flowers flourishing, it is important to water the flowers 2 to 3 times a week. Dahlias need extra care when there has been heavy rain fall as the water tends to fill up the open blooms.
During the summer, as the dahlias begin to bloom, it is advisable to pinch out the dahlias once they reach 40cm. This encourages the flower to branch out and bloom further. Additionally, feeding your plants is an important way to keep your dahlias healthy. Feeding the flowers liquid fertiliser will encourage the dahlias to to sprout more flowers. Besides pinching and using liquid fertiliser, dead head flowers as they fade in order to encourage more flowers to bloom. This will also help to keep the dahlias looking neat and tidy.
Once the planting process has been taken care of, it’s worth considering any potential problems that might arise whilst the flower is growing. Dahlias are particulary susceptible to pests, diseases and disorders. Pests include earwigs, slugs, caterpillars and aphids. These flowers can be prone to the mosaic virus and the tomato spotted wilt virus. Other common problems associated with dahlias include rot and poor flowering. Rot can be avoided by making sure that the tubers are dried and healthy. Whereas poor flowering is usually the result of overfeeding. These plants need to receive direct sunlight and have healthy conditions in order to flower.
Overall, dahlias are an exotic looking flower which will complement a beautifully, floral garden. Dahlias may take a while to bloom but are well worth the wait. Once the flowers have bloomed, they need continued attention in order to flourish. By tending to the tubers and making sure that the plant is healthy, the dahlias will look bright and beautiful in the summer months.