Have your own garden on your house might be one of the best ways to utilize your landscape so that the outdoor area of your house could look more attractive and beautiful. There are various types of plant that you could grow on your garden. One of them is flowers. You could choose various types of flowers to grow. One of the most popular types of flowers that you could grow on your garden is dahlia. If you want to grow dahlia on your garden, there are several important things that you should notice. You need to know every detail about planting dahlia flower so that you could get the best results.
Dahlia is one of the most popular perennials plants that you could grow on your garden. This type of flower is usually planted in the spring. Dahlia has colorful spiky flowers which usually bloom in midsummer until the first frost. Dahlia has a wide range of color and size. The size of the flower might range from 10-inch size to 2-inch size. Most varieties of dahlia grow four to five feet tall. This type of flower is not quite suitable for humid and extremely hot climates. However, dahlia bulbs could brighten up sunny garden with at least 120 days growing season. Dahlia will grow optimally and the flower will bloom an inch larger in cool and moist climates.
There are several tips that you could follow if you want to grow dahlia on your own garden. Below are the quick guides of planting dahlias that you could follow.
• Never plant dahlia in a hurry. Dahlia will be hard to grow in cold soil. Ground temperature where you’re going to grow dahlia should reach 60 degrees F. You need to wait until the danger of spring frost past before you start to plant.
• Plant dahlia on a plant site that get full sun. Dahlia will grow more blooms when it gets six to eight hours of direct sunlight. Dahlia loves sunlight in the morning best. You should choose a plant site with a bit protection from wind.
• Dahlia will grow best in well-drained soil with rich nutrients. The pH level of the soil should range from 6.5 to 7.0. If you want to grow dahlia on heavier soil, you might need to add sand, begged steer manure, or peat moss in order to loosen and lighten the texture of the soil for better drainage.
• You could plant bedding dahlia nine to twelve inches apart. Dahlia with small sized flower is usually 3 feet tall and should be spaced 2 feet apart. The taller plant with larger dahlia bulbs should be spaced 3 feet apart.
• When creating planting hole, it should be sized slightly larger than the size of the root ball of the plant. The planting hole also should incorporate sphagnum peat moss or some compost as well. You also could add bone meal into the planting hole as well.
• You should avoid dahlia tubers that look rotten or wrinkled. A little bit of green that appears during the growth is actually a good sign. Don’t cut or break individual dahlia bulbs as well.
• Plant the dahlia as a whole with six to eight inches deep facing up growing points. The crown of the plant should be just above the soil level.
• Tall plant with large sized flower will require support. You could use 5 to 6 feet tall stakes at planting time that are placed around plants and tie stems to the stakes as the plants grow.
• If you grow large sized dahlia or dahlia that is grown for cut flower, you could plant them in rows with dedicated plot on their own. Dahlia with low to medium height could mix well with other types of summer flower.
• Dahlia will start blooming about eight weeks after planting. It usually starts blooming in the middle of July.
• Other important aspect that you should notice about planting dahlia flower is watering. Do not water your plant right after planting. This will only encourage rot. You should wait until the sprouts appear above the soil if you want to water the plant.
• Don’t cover the plant with bark or mulch since it could cause the sprouting becomes more challenging. You could apply snail and slug bait to avoid pests.
If you pay attention to the details above, you will be able to get the best results when planting dahlia flower on your garden.