Dahlia 'Café au Lait'
Dahlia 'Café au Lait'

Dahlia 'Café au Lait'

Shipment begins in Spring 2021

SKU: S40941
1 for $13.95
Quick Facts
Common Name: Dahlia
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Oct
Mature Height: 3-4' Spacing: 18-24"
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This subtle coloring of mocha with pink tones is not what you might expect in a large, 6-10″ flower. It's a shade worth getting lost in. Decorative form.

If you haven't spent time reading Henry Mitchell's The Essential Earthman, you have missed some great and wryly distilled advice for gardeners. He 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." This is one of the varieties that produce the biggest blooms, merely dinner-plate size.

Dahlias are native to Mexico and South America, and hold their display in reserve for mid- to late summer and early fall. The genus offers incredible diversity of color and form and we offer dozens of varieties every year. Dahlias are perennial but not cold hardy – tubers can overwinter in the ground in Zone 8 or warmer; in colder climates tubers can be dug after frost and easily stored indoors over winter. Please note – Dahlias should be planted outside once the danger of frost has passed and soil temperature has reached approximately 60°. We ship tubers beginning in late March and they can be stored until planting time if necessary. For more information on growing Dahlias, click on the Growing Guide tab on this page.

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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. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.

OUR GUARANTEE

We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.

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Reviews

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a spectacular success

These have exceeded my expectations. I followed the directions and they started blooming in August. The blooms just keep coming, almost a month later! They're beautiful and healthy. I could not be happier.

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Must Buy!

Absolutely in love with these dahlias!! I put these in the ground in full sun as soon as I received them in March. It is now mid-August and the blooms are bursting! I have about 20 blooms on the plant and just staked them to add support. They take my breath away. So glad I bought these and now buying more from White Flower Farm to plant next spring. I need more of these beauties!

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Not as advertised, and not worth the effort.

I started these indoors, in pots in early April, and the vigorous growth was quite promising. Transferred the healthy plants to the ground in late May, in full sun (as recommended), and yikes! It’s been a VERY long, VERY slow process to get even one bud to open just now, middle of August, 5 months later. The plant spent much of the time looking miserable, as it frequently wilted in the hot summer sun (yes, I watered regularly, but not too much). It looked sad and sickly, making it an unpleasant sight, taking up a lot of space, plus so prominently displayed in the front of my garden. The flower itself is quite a bit more purple than the creamy color I was led to expect as well, which is a big disappointment after so much effort. All in all, WAY too much time and work for something I will have to dig up in the fall because our winters are so cold. Sheesh. NOT worth it!

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Good in full sun

These are lovely, long-blooming flowers that start tinged with pink and gradually fade to a creamy white. If you start them early in pots inside, then transplant them outside, you can have blossoms from July to frost. The WFF description says "sun to part shade," but the ones I planted in part shade were very limp -- the stems were not strong enough to support the massive blooms. I'm going to try them next year in full sun.

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Gorgeous huge plants

My dahlias from White Flower grew almost 5 ft tall in pots with large gorgeous heads. I barely did anything other than made sure to water them on my deck. One tuber turned out a pink tone and the other a beige tone. Very beautiful, highly recommend.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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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.

Light/Watering

  • Dahlias are at their best when grown in full sun in the North, afternoon shade in the South.
  • Do not water until growth appears above the ground; once plants are established, a deep watering twice a week will get them through summer dry periods.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH

  • Soil temperature at planting should be 60°F.
  • Dahlias prefer well-drained soil.
  • Feed monthly with a bloom-boosting fertilizer (15-30-15).

Pests/Diseases

  • Aphids can be killed by spraying with insecticidal soap or Neem.
  • If Dahlia stems show breakage and wilting, borers may be present; to deter, keep weeds away from the planting, and cut off and destroy any larvae-infested stems.
  • If leafhoppers are a problem, spray plants with a mix of one tablespoon isopropyl alcohol to one pint of insecticidal soap, repeating 3 times at 3-to-5-day intervals.
  • Watch for spider mites during hot, dry weather; spray leaves with Neem or a forceful jet of cold water, particularly on the undersides.
  • If powdery mildew appears as a whitish coating on the leaves, spray with wettable sulfur or other appropriate fungicide. Next year, give plants more space for better air circulation.
  • If stems rot at the soil line or plants suddenly wilt and die, a bacterial or fungal agent may be present. Remove and destroy any affected plant parts; avoid this problem by planting in well-drained, light soil and do not overwater. Keep mulch several inches away from the plant stems.

Companions

Dahlias can hold their own among:

  • Roses
  • Oriental Lilies
  • Ornamental Goldenrod (Solidago)
  • Fall-blooming Asters
  • Many annuals

Pruning

  • Dahlias make excellent cut flowers; to achieve nice stems for cutting and bushier, compact plants, pinch out the center shoot just above the third set of leaves. These shoots can be rooted, if desired.
  • To get the most out of your cut flowers, place them in very hot water (160°F) until it cools.

Reflowering

  • If dead flowers are diligently removed, flowering will continue until the first frost.
  • To develop large, exhibition-size blooms, remove side buds and allow only one bud per stem to develop.

Dividing/Transplanting

  • Dahlia tubers may be divided in spring or fall. Use a sharp knife to cut the tubers apart—only those tubers with an eye (a dormant bud) will grow stems.
  • Not all tubers will have eyes, so cutting a clump into halves or quarters is safer than cutting off individual tubers.
  • Allow roots to dry for a day before storing or planting.
  • If you have more than one variety, label each tuber.

End-of-Season Care

  • Wait a few days after the foliage is blackened by frost before digging the tubers to store for the winter. If plants are in a frost-free area, dig by mid-November.
  • Cut the stalk to 4–6″ tall, rinse off the soil, and allow the clump to air dry under cover for 24 hours.
  • Line cardboard boxes or terra-cotta pots with newspaper and layer tubers with barely moist sawdust, sand, or peat. Do not store in plastic.
  • Keep boxes cool (40–50°F) and dry for the winter in a dark spot
  • Check for rot or shriveling on a monthly basis; if shriveling occurs, mist the packing material lightly with water.
  • Remove all old foliage from the garden area.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring

  • Dahlia tubers may be divided now.
  • Plant tubers 6″ deep when soil has warmed after frost or start early indoors in pots.
  • Water tubers sparingly once after planting and then do not water until new growth appears.
  • Fertilize with 5-10-10 when growth reaches 2″ tall.

Mid-Spring

  • Continue feeding every month, side-dressing with 5-10-10.
  • Watch for aphids and other insect pests and treat accordingly.
  • Keep weeds away from plantings.

Late Spring

  • Mulch if desired but keep material away from crowns and stems.
  • Water thoroughly if season is dry.
  • Tie larger varieties to stakes as they grow.
  • Pinch out center shoots just above the third set of leaves, or leave shoots and remove side buds for extra-large flowers.

Summer

  • Watch for signs of fungal wilt and remove and destroy affected plant parts if it occurs, then sterilize pruners with bleach solution.
  • Monitor plants for aphids and other insect pests and treat accordingly.
  • Continue to water if conditions indicate, and deadhead diligently for continuous bloom.

Fall

  • Mulch plants heavily if overwintered in the ground in Zones 7 and above.
  • Further North, wait until a few days after frost has killed the foliage, then dig tubers, air dry under cover and store cool, dry and dark in newspaper-lined cardboard boxes or clay pots. Cover tubers with lightly moistened sand or peat. Tubers may be divided before storing if desired. If you have more than one variety, label each tuber.

 

Videos

Videos
What are the Types of Dahlias?
How to Divide and Overwinter Dahlias in Cold Climates
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