How to plant your dahlias in the garden

How to plant your dahlias in the garden

Dahlias are beautiful flowers that can add a pop of color to any garden. If you're looking to plant dahlias in your garden, follow these expert tips to ensure they thrive.

Choose the Right Location

Dahlias thrive in full sun, so choose a spot in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Make sure the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging, which can cause the tubers to rot.

Prepare the Soil

Before planting your dahlia tubers, prepare the soil by adding organic matter such as compost or aged manure. This will help improve soil structure and provide essential nutrients for the plants. You can also add bone meal to the planting hole and/or alfalfa pellets. 

Planting the Tubers

Plant dahlia tubers in the spring after the last frost has passed. Dig a hole that is 4-6 inches deep and place the tuber with the eye facing up. Cover the tuber with soil and water thoroughly. Most growers will recommend that you plant your tubers horizontal, but there are also many wonderful dahlia growers that plant them vertically, so you choose what works best for you! Why not experiment and plant half each way and see which method gives you the best results?

Watering and Fertilizing

Water dahlias regularly, especially during dry periods. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases. Fertilize the plants every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.

Support and Maintenance

As dahlias grow, they will need support to prevent them from flopping over. Use stakes or cages to support the plants. Remove spent blooms regularly to encourage continuous flowering throughout the season. 

Remember, dahlias are cut and come again flowers, that means, the more you cut, the more they grow!

By following these expert tips, you can successfully plant dahlias in your garden and enjoy their vibrant blooms all season long. Happy gardening!




See below for what to do once you received your dahlia order in the mail. 

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