Planting dahlias is a easy process, but you should keep some things in your mind:
So, start growing dahlia and make your surrounding fun with its captivating essence. All dahlias are gorgeous and make you lose yourself in the valley of garden. It’s loving petals attracts you and makes your surrounding more talkative. There are many dahlia societies and clubs, dahlia collectors, and dahlia shows.
How to Choose Dahlias?
It’s important to choose the right area to grow these pretty flower in your house. There are many varieties of dahlias which grow up to 5 to 6 feet in height, while much are shorter and limit to pot. There are hundred of varieties, but choosing best for your space is important. So, read the plant tag, before purchasing it to know more about the plant needs. Pick the best one which suites your sense and can adjust in your house setup. And enjoy its bloom with just little care and success planning.
Where to Plant Dahlias?
Dahlias like sun, give them a daily touch of light at least 6 hours. In a warm climate region, give your plants a bit of afternoon shade to protect them from any kind of damage. If your want to do indoor gardening, or growing in pots, chose a dahlia variety that grow top out at 2 feet or less when fully grown.
When to Plant Dahlias?
The prefect time to plant dahlias is summer. Go to your nearby grocery shop and look for summer flowering bulbs. Baby dahlias are sometimes called bulbs, plant them outside when you plant your tomatoes, peppers or other summer veggies. If you live in an area where you can not grow peppers or tomatoes outside until June, then start dahlias planting them inside a pot in April. Pick a pot which is about 3 to 4 times as wide as the tuber or clump of tubers. When the warm weather arrives, you can put your dahlias outside with pot or transplant it into the garden.
How to Prepare the Soil for Planting Dahlias?
This easy to grow flower needs no heavy clay or soils with standing water. Check your soil by taking a sample of it to a nearby gardening centre. If it does not found good, then start amending it. Improve the soil by digging a 3 inch layer of soil bed and fill the area with top fertile soil and Plantic water storing hydro crystals. And then add a little mulch of Plantic Organic StartDrop! Plant food. But, if you want to grow indoors, then add Plantic Organic Indoor! Liquid fertilizer in the soil mixture. These all purpose plant food specially derived from all natural way to provide stunning results.
How to Plant Dahlias?
First of all, know about the ideal spacing needed for the dahlias you plan to grow. Lay the tubers out on the soil and bury them 4 to 6 inches deep. To give your dahlias a perfect start use Plantic Organic BloomDrop! Plant food into each hole before adding the tuber or you can also use it latter. After planting, water them to keep the soil moist that helps in constant growth of dahlias.
How to Stake Dahlias?
Dahlia flowers are heavy that can break the stem, but off course, you don’t want that its stem will break down as the blooms are about to open. So, it’s important to give them a support. For best results, do this during plantation or when the plants are small (almost 6 inches tall). You can use a bamboo or wooden stake for every plants. If you want to grow a bunch of dahlias in a row, then use twines and stakes. And, leave holes for dahlias to grow through.
How to Water Dahlias?
Once you have done the plantation, start watering them. It keeps the soil moist for optimum growth and bloom. Until you don’t see any new growth, only mist the ground lightly. But make sure to not over water the soil because it can encourage the tubers to rot. To overcome this problem, always use Plantic water storing crystals with soil. One more thing, you should know - bigger the plant, the more water it use or vice versa. And, water more during summer progresses.
How to Feed Dahlias?
Ordinary soil is not well for maximum results, you should move to potent energizer. So, give your plants a gift of natural real plant food. Begin with Plantic Organic StartDrop! liquid fertilizer that especially formulated for starter plants. It enriches the soil with all essentials and promote rapid rooting. After some days of plantation use Plantic Organic BloomDrop! Liquid fertilizer. It is formulated with all natural way and enrich the soil with proteins and nutrients needed for flowering plants. It’s liquid formulation spreads uniformly in the soil and water and promotes super blossom. Feed your Dahlias after every seven days until the plant naturally stops blooming. Use it in growing season, for better results. And enjoy the bloom with your family members.
How to Prevent Problems with Dahlias?
Dahlias are most affected by snails and slugs. You need to use diatomaceous earth, sprinkle it nearby the planting side to control their bed effects on your plants. Spider may also a big issue, use neem oil to provide ultimate care to your plants. In addition, humid summers, powdery mildew can coat the plant leaves. So, it’s your responsibility to prevent your plant from damaging. Give them water regularly and leave a proper space between two plants to allow for ample air flow.
How to Deadhead and Disbud Dahlias?
Everyone wants to get dahlia flower for longer period of time. All you need to do is - snip off flowers as soon they start to fade. Try to disbudding (In this process, people often remove some of the extra flowers so that the plant gets more focused towards fewer flowers and make them grow larger). To make the main flower open when they start show up, pinch off the two buds near the base of the main flower stem.
How to Harvest Dahlias?
You need to harvest the dahlias, before the heat of the day sets in. Cut the dahlias in morning using a sharp pair of shears or harvest snips. Make sure to pick the flower which is fully bloom and has no green centre. If you want to enjoy their beauty longer, place their stem in a vase containing fresh water. Be sure to change the water every 2 to 3 days.
How to Overwinter Dahlias?
You can leave dahlias outside in a slight cooler region which get enough day light. But for colder areas, yo need to bring them inside. Wait for frost and then dig up the dahlia tubers and cut its stem. Put them in a cool, dark place for a few days to dry out, then fold them in between sheets of newspaper. During winter, store them in cool, dry spot, like insulated closet and garage.
How to Divide Dahlias?
Divide the dahlias in the spring when you have kept them through the winters. Break apart the clump of tubers, take care of stem end on each piece and then replant it.
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