In his classic volume, The Essential Earthman, Henry Mitchell observes of Dahlias, "while none have yet been bred that are quite as large as TV sets or as bright as atom bombs, they will bloom magnificently and conspicuously enough through September and October, when few other things do." One each of the Decorative Form varieties below, all with dinnerplate size blooms. Tubers.
We can't think of a genus that offers more variety of color and form than Dahlia. These hybrids of species native from Mexico to Colombia hold their display in reserve for mid- to late summer and early fall, when most gardens and most vases are looking a little tired. Planted in 3s and 6s, they serve to fill holes that develop in the perennial border and make excellent potted plants (1 tuber in a 12″ pot). Dahlias prefer full sun, though partial shade is acceptable. They like rich soil and even moisture, which means regular watering in areas with hot, dry summers. Dahlias are perennial in Zones 8–10. Where they are not hardy, Dahlias are easily overwintered indoors.
For more information on the growing and care of Dahlias, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Deux Poodles from Grosse Pointe Woods MI
This was my first experience with dahlias and it won't be my last. It's so much fun because they've been so successful. Tubers arrived from WFF early in the year; which, surprised me until I understood you should start them indoors until the danger of frost has passed. I started each of the tubers in 9.25" pots and potting soil and planted them outdoors around Memorial Day.
I received Dahlias "Frost Nip," "Ace Summer Sunset," "Fleurel" and "Kelvin Floodlight" in my collection. All of them have performed superlatively. After I phoned, WFF replaced my original "Kelvin" because it didn't grow. It's a little behind the others and now getting ready to bloom, and I can see it's going to be stupendous.
Next year I will plant the smaller 36" tall "Fleurel" forward in my perennial garden so it's more visible. The others, each approximately 5' tall, look gorgeous in the center of my garden. When I planted them outdoors, I placed stakes knowing, from the reviews, that staking would be necessary.
I plan to dig up the tubers in the Fall and start them all over again next Spring.
Steve from West Hartford, CT
The blooms did not come out until August--and the plant labeled "Fleurel" turned out to be a second "Kelvin's Floodlight". I didn't mind so much because Kelvin was the most beautiful and most prolific variety.
Latin Name Pronunciation: dah'lee-uh
Dahlias offer flamboyant flowers on lush plants from summer through fall, right up to the first frost. Fully hardy to zone 8, these hybrids of species native to Mexico and Colombia may overwinter in Zone 7 with a thick blanket of mulch. Gardeners in colder zones can get a head start by planting tubers in pots 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost date. Plant tubers several inches deep in a light, soilless potting mix and water sparingly until new growth appears, then more freely. Place pots in a sunny window or under grow lights, and then plant outside after danger of frost has passed. Taller varieties will need staking, with stakes placed carefully so as not to injure the tuber or roots. If planting is delayed (either indoors or in the ground), store the tubers in their bags in a cool, dry, dark location.
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Dahlias can hold their own among:
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