DAHLIAs are extremely beautiful flowers which blooms annually. These plants have tuberous roots. There are over 42 species of dahlias which are available in a range of extremely wide variety of forms and colors. Let’s discuss about how to care for Dahlia Plants.
Find the Ideal Place
- Keep your plant in full sun. Dahlia loves direct sunlight & especially morning sunlight.
- 6 – 8 hours of direct sunlight will help your plant to produce more flowers.
- Plant dahlias in nutrients rich & well drained soil.
- If the soil is clayey in nature, add sand/ peat moss/ Coco Coir or well matures organic compost for better drainage.
- Stake the dahlia plant for support.
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- Dahlia doesn’t like soaking wet soil.
- Water the plant 2-3 time a week & try to water the deep, so that the soil till the bottom of your pot gets wet.
- May increase the water cycle depending upon the climate (if it is dry & warm)
- Fertilize the plant with low nitrogen fertilizer like 5:10:10 or 10:20:20 once a month.
- If using organic compost, apply the one which has less nitrogenous components.
- Don’t over-fertilize as dahlia are very sensitive to it.
- Don’t apply fertilizer late in the season.
Pests and Diseases
- Normally the following pests found on dahlia: Aphids, Powdery Mildew, Mites, Earwigs etc.
- Spray the plant with insecticidal soap to remove pests.
- If the situation is more serious then apply pesticides.
Tips to produce more flowers
- Pinch the very first flower. This will help the plant to grow more & produce more flower buds.
- Prune the plant regularly.
- Cut all the spent flowers & deadheads.
- Cut all the dried & semi-dried leaves and branches.