|Gigantic Dahlia Bud in process of Opening|
The first point here is dahlia plants grow as small bushes if trimmed or as long flowering stalks which need support. So add wooden sticks before the flowering session begins to avoid damaging the tuber underground.
The flower size here is 8 inches and they grow as small few inches to large gigantic blooms depending upon your plan for growing them.
|Huge Dahlia Flower|
|Shaded Dahlia Gigantic Flower|
|New Buds on Dahlia Plant|
Main problem faced is by birds and rats who love to feast on new buds and flowers. Each time I learn something new about dahlias.
The right amount of sunlight for Dahlia for best growth, is very important as they need lots of sunlight, as would every gardener say, but very important, not direct sunlight for full day, the blooms will burn out and the plant dries off with full day sunlight. Choosing the right spot for growing dahlias, right spot is important for healthy dahlias , partial sunlight for full day or some hours of day would do.
Watering, another important point and the reason for dying of dahlia plants, dry periods are not good for flowering dahlias and regular watering is required, sometimes twice daily in summer season.
Soil must be a mixture of porous as well as clay for good growth in dahlias. If you want gigantic dahlia flowers you need to love and care for your dahlia plants, trim the extra buds and growth and focus on single bloom, and they will give you gigantic blooms!
crossing my fingers and hoping for the best!
Cut flowers can be kept in water stored previous night (extra harmful chlorine is removed) and the blooms of dahlia last for a week in water is changed regularly from the flower vase, I sometimes feed the vase water with a pinch of salt and sugar for displaying dahlia flowers. (if you wish to try this tip, try at your own risk).
All the Best!