Dahlias—these "dinnerplate" varieties in particular—are ideal for showing off, with massive, expressive, petal packed blooms. Our Philadelphia Mix is expertly designed for the most fashionable color combinations. Cafe au Lait is a dahlia that's got the attention of florists everywhere for wedding arrangements. The most popular shades of beige, peach and blush combine on teaming, soft petals for a light and lavish bloom. It pairs sensationally with the sunburst tones of Noordwijks Glorie. Then the deeper crimson color in Philadelphia's blooms adds some fire to this mix, really rounding it out beautifully. Enjoy them in a border or as cut flowers, they'll be raking in the compliments either way.
There's just a few easy tips to follow to get your blooms to that coveted dinnerplate size—first, you'll want to divert all energy to that large central bloom. Snip off any side buds that form, so they don't sap vital energy. Be sure any fertilizer is low nitrogen, and compost isn't used, because excess nitrogen weakens dahlia stems and stunts bloom development. After that, just get your best vase ready for outstanding arrangements. Dahlia 'Philadelphia' (2), 'Café' au Lait' (1), 'Noordwijks Glorie' (2)
Planting Instructions:Plant tubers with sprouts 1 - 2" below the soil surface. Full sun for best flowering.
Winter Care:Dahlias 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.
Growth Rate:Moderate to fast.
Flower Form:Fully double blooms approximately 8 - 10" across.
Lift Zone:4- 6
Foliage Type:Mid green, pinnate leaves with ovate leaflets.
Pruning:Remove spent flower heads to encourage more blooms and create a more bushy plant.
Soil Requirement:Sandy well drained soil. Will tolerate a wide range of soils except heavy clay.
Additional Information:Snip 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.
Restricted States:AE AK GU HI PR
When will my order ship?
Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:
2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
Perennials & Potted Plants
5/6/19 - 6/7/19
3/4/19 - 6/7/19
7A & 7B
2/25/19 - 6/7/19
8A & 8B
2/18/19 - 5/31/19
2/11/19 - 5/31/19
Last Order Date
Zones 1-4: June 3rd, 2019 Zones 5-7: June 3rd, 2019 Zones 8-10: May 27th, 2019