Information About The Dahlia
Apparently the dahlia is the official flower of Seattle in Washington State. It was discovered by Spanish botanists in the 16th century in central America where it was growing wild on the sandy hillsides of Mexico.
But, what about the Dahlia, I have not seen an article in their favor in the past year, and they are most beautiful and of easy culture. I do not find them hard to grow and know of no flower more beautiful. I’ve been growing them for the past 45 years in south western Wisconsin and always was well paid for the trouble of growing them.
There are off years for all things and of course now and then a year comes that just isn’t a dahlia year, but never a real failure. I find it best not to be in a big hurry when spring comes, to get them in soil but always wait till I hear some farmers in the community is planting corn, then I get busy.
I have the ground all ready and the wireless outdoor speakers turned on so by first of May, I wait for the sound of and the click of the corn planter, that usually is from May 1 to May 10. By the 20th or last of May I finish up planting and staking, ordinary good garden soil is all they require.
One tuber with 1 or 2 eyes is enough for one hill, or plant. Plant about 6 inches deep, cover only one-half of trench after they come up, cover up level and about the tithe for buds to appear draw soil up about the plant, or hill as ‘you do potatoes. Then never hoe deep near the plants as some feeder roots come close to the surface.
I make my rows about 24 inches apart and the plants about 18 inches apart in the rows. Best time to stake them is at planting time or soon after they are up a few inches, but do not wait till a storm comes along and bends them over, or You will be disappointed as they break so easy when top heavy with mud and rain. They can look good as a backdrop of a summer house
If you want extra big bloom its good to disbud, but I’ve tried it and I prefer a beautiful plant with more bloom even if they are not large as plates. I usually get loads of blooms 6 to 10 inches across and believe me they are a beautiful sight, and the small types are beautiful too. The tiny poms and cactus kinds make a lovely display, and come in most colours and types as the giants do. Guess I’d go on and on about this favourite flower, and if this gets by the censor and not land in the waste basket, may try again.