Of all the flowers, I think Dahlias are one of the most awesome and beautiful of them all, and they’re very easy to successfully grow, without too much maintenance.
What’s particularly great about dahlias, is they can be used in so many ways, over the length of the growing season.
For example, along with garden and garden row they can be planted in, you can also plant some varieties in containers.
But more importantly, you can take those same flowers and cut them, creating beautiful bouquets throughout the blooming of the plants.
One of my favorites is to take a cut dahlia and place it in water where it can float. It’s fantastic!
One of the way to ensure you get great flowers for the dahlia plant is to pinch off those side buds that want to come out. As a result, you will get massive dahlia flowers to enjoy.
Of course if size of the flower isn’t everything for you, just do as many as it takes to give you larger numbers of flowers, while managing the sizes by the number of buds you let go to flower.
Also to help you keep getting flowers throughout the growing season, keep pinching of the flowers once they start to die off. This encourages the plant to produce more.
Once the blooming season begins, make sure you add some potassium and phosphorous to your plant, as it soaks in the nutrients at this time. Whatever you do though, don’t add nitrogen, as that will make the stems spindly and weak.
So there you have it. Great ways to use the beautiful dahlia plant and few tips to keep them in top shape during the blooming season.