Dahlias – Blooming Sun Lovers! - K & S Greenhouse

Dahlias have exploded over the past few years to include many heights and fantastic blooms . They produce abundant blossoms all summer long and we grow the following varieties and an explanation of each below (general care instructions for dahlias are further down);

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The Dahlias to the left are Dahlia Starsister Yellow Stripe and Crimson Picotee. They are dwarf growing to 8 to 12 inches tall bushy plants for full sun. The blossoms are fantastic with Yellow Stripe more fantastic than this image.. Great in mixed containers. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

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The Dahlias above are “Hypnotica Yellow Improved, Rose Bicolor and Lavender”. They feature large blossoms on strong stems with a plant height of 12 to 24 inches tall. Great for cut flowers in full sun. Also deer resistant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Rain and mildew tolerant.

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The Dahlia XXL series is pictured above:Veracruz, Taxco, Sunset and Durango. These are taller plants growing to 22 inches tall on very strong stems, you need a clipper to use as cut flowers. Extremely heavy bloomers with 5 inch blossoms. Fantastic!!Great for in large containers. Taxco has dark green leaves. Also deer resistant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Rain and mildew tolerant.

 

Care for dahlias is simple. Provide full sun, regular watering but don’t keep soggy, fertilize weekly. To avoid leaf diseases avoid watering overhead, water under the plants instead with an open hose and make sure that leaves are dry at sunset. Clip old blossoms regularly and have a spray ready for aphids that are normally in the growing tips and underside of leaves. Use a product such as Bayer Advanced insecticides. 

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