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Dahlia 'Watercolor Mix'
Dahlia 'Watercolor Mix'
Dahlia 'Watercolor Mix'
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Dahlia 'Watercolor Mix'

Dahlia variabilis
In high summer these lush dahlias are in full bloom, with gathered petals of yellow, pink, lemon peach, white, and pale lavender, many brushed with another hue. Bumblebees and Monarch butterflies LOVE them, and they are great cutflowers!
SKU #S1794
$3.25
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
62
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
3' h x 1.5-2' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Mix of pink, lemon yellow washed with peach, creamy white, pale lavender, peach with pink shadings
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Just cover
Sprout Time:
5-20 days
Seed To Bloom:
12-14 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. Keep at 65-70°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow at last frost date.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Borders will pop with color when you grow the lush flowers of Dahlia Watercolor Mix. Pinch back tips when plants reach about 6-12" tall to encourage bushiness and stake early to support the brittle branches in windy or heavy summer rain areas. Mulch is beneficial to keep the soil cool and moist during the hottest part of summer. Keep cutting for bouquets for continual bloom until frost. A week after frost, dig up the tubers, if desired (leaving 4" of the stem), and store in damp sand or peat moss in a cool location, such as a basement, until spring. An unusual edible, in their native Mexico the tubers were eaten. Flower petals can be used in edible flower confetti or as a garnish.
Final Spacing:
1.5'-2'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Water regularly, 1" per week.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in 3" inches of compost prior to planting. If soil is poor, supplement with a bloom-boosting organic granular fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
Japanese beetles damage Dahlia foliage and flowers. Knock them off into a bucket of soapy water; this is best done early in the morning. Combat slugs by scattering crushed eggshells or iron phosphate slug bait pellets on the soil surrounding the plants. Prevent fungal problems with proper spacing in an area with good air circulation and excellent soil drainage.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when flowers are nearly to fully open; best cut in the cool of the morning.