How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Dahlia Flowers
Tips from Banner Flower Farm
Planting in the Spring, after the danger of frost – mid April to May.
(hint: about the same time one plants their vegetable garden)
Planting in full sun, except in extremely hot climates.
(hint: dahlia’s will still thrive, if they receive at least six hours of morning sun)
Dig hole or trench 6″ deep.
(hint: Banner Flower Farm plants 12′ deep to avoid the use of support/stakes)
Plant tubers horizontally with visible eye pointing up.
(hint: A tuber has an eye at the end – a little budding sprout – similar to a potato)
Space your dahlia tubers at least 9″ to 12″ apart
(hint: this suggestion is for those planting in rows with acres of land)
Use 40 to 50 percent shade cloth on raised beds for hot, humid climates
(hint: for the adventurous growers who feel so inclined to take this extra step and precaution)
Fungus becomes a problem for some growers, in this case, go ahead and enrich your soil with bone meal.
(hint: according to Alan A. Fisher from the American Dahlia Society, a 10-20-20 fertilizer is helpful)
Consider contacting your local Agriculture Department to test your soil.
(hint: some growers believe the pH level should be slightly acidic – 6.5 to 7.0.)
Be sure to place your stakes in the ground while planting your dahlia tubers.
(hint: this helps to avoid accidents; such as, impaling your precious tubers later)
If staking your dahlias, use 1×1 lumber, half-inch steel re-bar – 6 to 8 foot height
(hint: paint to prevent rust, look at your local hardware store for green metal fence stakes, or be creative and look around to see what you already have available)
Make sure your dahlia tubers receive water, as they begin to grow into beautiful Dahlia plants.
(hint: at least 1″ per week, if Mother Nature does not provide her rain, ensure a deep watering 2 to 3 times a week)
Of course, these are merely dahlia planting suggestions and Banners Philosophy of Planting Dahlia Tubers.
(hint: every grower, including Banner Flower Farm adapts and changes in correlation to our soil, the weather, equipment, and other factors)
For Banner Flower Farm it it all boils down to the philosophy of Planting a Five-Dollar Tuber in a Twenty-Dollar Hole of Knowledge.
(hint: take your time & research before planting)
WISHING YOU A HAPPY PLANTING EXPERIENCE!
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As a bonus, here is a video slide-show of some pictures from the Banner Flower Farm 2015 Season, out in the field planting dahlia tubers – highlighting the Philosophy of Planting Dahlia Tubers
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