Thursday, January 19, 2017

DINNER PLATE DAHLIAS IN WARM, FALL COLORS -- Still going strong in October!

These beautiful warm-colored dinner plate dahlias make the perfect arrangement for Autumn in the first weeks of October. In shades of apricot, orange, golden, yellow and red, the huge blooms hold their shape well for a week, sometimes more.

I love this vase--it hangs from a hook at the top of the piece, with a base that keeps it erect. I collect vases and baskets that I think will make a nice presentation. Pictured here are yellow "Kidds Climax," red "Zorro," and orange-apricot "October Sky."

No two dahlias of "October Sky" are alike. Some may have more orange, others have more apricot or yellow. At any rate, they are beautiful.

As I've mentioned several times, the more you cut stems of these big blooms, the more they flower--so, snip away! 

In zone 6, the tubers need to be dug and stored until replanting in the spring. Dig two weeks after the first killing frost. It's usually November here.  Shake off excess soil and let the tubers dry out for a few days before storing. I've used several methods--wrapping in newspaper, layered in sawdust, vermiculite or perlite, or even just in open boxes. Keep in a cold, but not freezing area, like a shed. Check on them during the winter to make sure they don't get mold on, or are drying up. 
Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

Passion is defined as the love of, or the object(s) of affection and emotion. I am passionate about family, friends, flowers, food, photography and fabulous music! This blog is dedicated to those loves.

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