A Year of Dahlias
After the risk of frost has passed, it is time to plant dahlia tubers. There are many varieties to choose from which can range from small to dinner-plate sized blooms. One great online resource for purchasing dahlias is Swan Island Dahlias. It can be expensive your first year or as you add new varieties to your patch. However, each dahlia tuber will multiply year after year giving you more and more tubers!
A great way to keep the weeds down is to lay landscape fabric down and burn holes at 18 – 24″ spacing prior to planting. Always make sure to label your dahlias so you can keep track of your expanding collection!
I think the first blooms of the year are always the most exciting!
Healthy looking dahlia plants that are ready to bloom!
A Purple Gem ready to pop!
My dahlia patch mid-season and full of blooms.
Dahlias make stunning cut flowers but only last a few days in a vase.
In late fall, wait until the first killing frost has turned your dahlia plants black and make sure to give them a few days to die completely. Then trim off the plants from the tubers leaving 4-6″ of main stem attached.
You’ll be able to divide each tuber in the spring before planting again.
Dahlias are my absolute favorite!