The thousands of dahlias we see today are all hybrids from one ragged wildflower that’s native to Mexico.
Growing organic dahlias require heavy feeding. After all, they are making these gigantic roots, and the more organic nutrients they get, the more root mass they’ll make. This not only increases your growth of leaves and flowers, it also increases your tuber clump for an even bigger show the following summer.
So be sure to dig your holes deep and work the soil all around. Enrich the soil with compost or well-rotted manure, and then work in a good organic fertilizer according to the instructions. With a well-prepared soil bed, your Dahlias will create beautiful growth very quickly.
The Dutch hybridizers got their hands on it years ago, and were thrilled at how easily it took to various crosses, changes and “improvements.” Today there are cactus-flowered dahlias, water-lily dahlias, peony-flowered dahlias, daisy dahlias – the parade is endless, with new colour combinations introduced every year. Most of the larger ones, officially called “Decorative” (not dinnerplate) Dahlias, are bi-colors or tri-colours, adding to the list of options for colour and form.
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