These fully double flowers with unusual coloration were developed in England and are prized for the underlying blue coloration in the violet petals. The flowers are enormous—up to 8-10" across—and are produced nearly non-stop from midsummer until first frost. Dahlias are amazingly carefree, and with few pests or diseases to trouble them, they satisfy beginner and expert gardeners alike. Plant them in the middle or back of a border, and they'll reward you with color in the late summer when other perennials and annuals have completed their show. They're long lived in cut-flower arrangements, too, lasting 7-10 days with ease. Easy-to-grow dahlias are not bothered by deer, rabbits or other garden pests. Dahlia decorative 'Lilac Time'
Planting InstructionsPlant tubers with sprouts 2" below the soil surface.
Winter CareDahlias are not hardy. They must be dug up in fall and stored in a frost free location in areas that go below 35 degrees F in winter.
Flower FormFully double blooms approximately 8 - 10" across.
Foliage TypeMid green, pinnate leaves with ovate leaflets.
Soil RequirementWell drained, humus enriched for best performance.
Watering RequirementAverage Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater.
PruningRemove spent flower heads to encourage more blooms and create a more bushy plant.
Additional InformationSnip off side buds to get the largest central blooms. Provide a low nitrogen fertilizer. Avoid compost and high nitrogen water soluble fertilizers, they weaken stems and stunt bloom development.