Café au Lait Trio
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Dahlia
Hardiness Zone: Annual Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Oct
Mature Height: 3-4' Spacing: 18-24"
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Create a spectacular display in your late summer sunny border with this trio of Dahlias from the Café au Lait series. Each plant produces large, 10" blossoms that arrive in profusion atop tall, sturdy stems. The color mix shades from the mocha pink of the original 'Café au Lait' to the lavender-pink of 'Café au Lait Rosé' and the unabashed pink with purple and sometimes white streaks of 'Café au Lait Royal.' 1 of each variety, 3 tubers total. Decorative form.

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, Dahlias serve to fill holes that develop in the perennial border and make excellent potted plants (1 tuber in a 12″ pot). They prefer full sun, though partial shade is acceptable, and they like rich soil and even moisture. Dahlias are perennial in Zones 8–10. Where they are not hardy, Dahlias are easily overwintered indoors.

Please note: Dahlias should be planted outside once the danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature has warmed to around 60°F. For gardeners in Zones 7 and colder, you can get a head start by planting your Dahlias in pots indoors. For more information on growing Dahlias, click Growing Guide.




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.


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Wrong tubers sent

I ordered the cafe au lait trio for the second time and this year I got three of the deep pink/purple tubers, but not the other two. This is the third year in the row I've receieved the wrong dahlia tubers or the wrong colors. The dahlias are beautiful and I like White Flower Farm, but I'm tired of not getting what I ordered.
Response from White Flower Farm — 10 months ago (09/18/23 05:04PM)

I am very sorry your Café au Lait Trio did not include tubers of three different colors. I understand your disappointment and will refund you for the Trio. I hope you will give this beautiful collection and White Flower Farm another chance in Spring 2024.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: dah'lee-uh    

The Dahlia genus is made up of tuberous plants native to Mexico and Central America, celebrated for their wide range of colors, sizes, and flower forms, making them a favorite among gardeners and florists alike. With thousands of cultivars, Dahlias offer an incredible variety for any garden design, from small border plants to striking dinner plate-sized blooms, showcasing their versatility and ornamental appeal. They bloom from midsummer through fall, providing vibrant displays. Dahlias prefer full sun (though partial shade is acceptable), well-drained soil, and even moisture. They are perennial in Zones 8–10. In colder zones they are treated as annuals and need to be overwintered indoors. Through years of growing and trialing, we've selected some of the best performers to offer to our customers.

Please note: Dahlias should be planted outside once the danger of frost has passed and soil temperature has reached approximately 60°F. We ship Dahlia tubers beginning in early spring. The tubers may be stored in their bags in a cool, dark, dry spot until warmer weather arrives (the bottom of a closet in a cool room or a box in the basement work nicely; do not refrigerate), or they may be prepotted indoors to start them growing before they are transplanted into the garden.

Dahlia Care


For a single tuber or a tuber clump: Dig a hole about 4-6" deep and wide enough to accommodate the tuber. Place the tuber in the hole with the cut stem end and/or "eyes" at the top. (If you’re not certain which side is “up,” lay the tuber on its side.) Back-fill the hole gently, covering the tuber completely with 2-3" inches of soil. To avoid causing rot, do not water the tuber immediately after planting, unless the soil is very dry.


  • Dahlias are at their best when grown in full sun in the North, and 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 with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0.
  • A fertilizer low in nitrogen is best (5-10-10, for example), first applied 30 days after planting and then monthly. Do not overfeed, and avoid high-nitrogen products.


  • Apply Sluggo® Plus, an effective, OMRI-listed organic control to prevent slugs from damaging Dahlia stems and new foliage.
  • Earwigs can damage Dahlia buds, flowers and foliage. Keep the growing area around Dahlias clean of past foliage and flowers to minimize hiding areas for earwigs.
  • Aphids can be controlled 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 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.

Companion Plants

Dahlias can hold their own among:

  • Roses
  • Oriental Lilies
  • Fall-blooming Asters
  • Many annuals


  • 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 in late spring.
  • To get the most out of your cut flowers, place them in very hot water (160°F) until it cools.


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


  • Wait a few days after the foliage is blackened by frost before gently digging out the tubers to store for the winter
  • Cut the stalk to 4–6″ tall, rinse the soil off the tubers, and allow the clump to air dry under cover for 24 hours.
  • After harvesting, Dahlia tubers can be stored as a clump or divided and stored individually.
  • If stored as a clump, you may divide them in the spring before planting. The eyes will be more visible but the tuber will be harder to cut.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the tubers apart, and try to cut so that each tuber or clump you segregate has at least one eye (a dormant bud). Only tubers with an eye will grow stems.
  • Not all tubers will have visible eyes, so cutting a clump into halves or quarters is safer than separating a clump into all individual tubers.
  • Line cardboard boxes or terracotta pots with newspaper and nest the tubers inside, covering them with barely moist sawdust, sand, or peat.
  • If you are storing more than one Dahlia variety, label each tuber. (You may do this by writing with a Sharpie pen directly on the tuber, placing a tag on the tuber, or writing on the packing material or box.)
  • 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. (Do not directly spray the tubers, and do not over-mist packing material as this can promote mold and fungus growth. As springtime nears, some tubers may develop eyes or begin sprouting leaves, others may not. Both developments are entirely normal.)

Calendar of Care

Early Spring

  • When your tubers arrive in early spring, you may start them indoors in pots or keep them indoors in a cool, dark, dry place (a spot in the basement or the bottom of a closet in a cool room work nicely) then plant them out when the ground warms to 60 degrees F.
  • Water tubers sparingly once after planting and then do not water again until new growth appears.
  • Fertilize with 5-10-10 when growth reaches 2″ tall.


  • Continue feeding every month.
  • 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, to allow branching


  • 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.


  • Mulch plants heavily if overwintered in the ground in Zones 7 and above.
  • Further north, wait until a few days after hard frost has killed the foliage, then dig tubers, and let them air dry under cover for 24 hours. Store them in newspaper-lined cardboard boxes or clay pots filled with lightly moistened sand, peat, or sawdust. Keep the boxes in a cool, dry and dark area of the basement or other interior space that is ideally around 40–50°F. Tubers may be divided before storing, if desired. If you have more than one variety, label each tuber.
  • Remove and compost or discard all old foliage from the garden area.