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DahliaDahlia flowers range from 2-3 inches across for single flowered forms and up to twice that for the double-flowered forms. Bloom color range includes just about every color except blue.
are pretty easy to grow. They like rich, well-drained soil and plenty of
sun. They can be planted as seeds but then need at least a year of growth
before they will flower. The most common way to plant dahlias is to plant
the tubers, either purchased or acquired through dividing the roots of an
existing plant. The tubers are planted in spring, about two weeks before
the last frost, in trenches, about four inches deep, with the buds
pointing up, then covered with about two inches of soil. They will need
plenty of water and support (drive a post into the dirt beside the tuber)
or else they will break under their own weight. As they grow, add more
dirt to the trench until it is level with the ground. When the plant is
about one foot high, pinch off the top to encourage lateral growth. The
more you pick them, the more blooms they produce.
In the language of the flowers, depending on which
source you use, the dahlia means gratitude, dignity, pomp, instability and
misrepresentation. Geraldine Adamich Laufer provides these even more
single dahlia—good taste
variegated dahlia—I think of you constantly
white dahlia—gratitude to parents
yellow dahlia—"I am happy you love me"