Real World Gardener New Dahlia Hybrids Plant of the Week

February 27th, 2016

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Dahlia species.

I remember hiding amongst the large Dahlia bushes as a little girl.

There seemed to be only a few colours that my father could get, we lived in a small country town in South Australia, and the Dahlias were a  dark crimson purple to light pink.

As long as we lived in that house he would replant them in the same spot, near the front fence every year. The rest of the garden had mostly vegetables and fruit trees.


Dahlias photo M Cannon


Would you like to grow a small bush that’s just like a bunch of flowers?

Known as the “queen of the autumn garden’ the old fashioned Dahlia varieties of this plant grew into quite a large bush that needed staking.

The new varieties are plants that are small enough just to grow in a pot and when it’s covered in flowers you can bring it indoors and use it instead of a bunch of flowers.

Let’s find out more. I'm talking with the plant panel - Karen Smith editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, the owner of the Green Gallery Nursery, 

Dahlia plants range in height from as low as 30cm tall as 2-3 metes. The flowers can be as small as 5cm or up to a 30cm in diameter.

There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of Dahlias which have been hybridized throughout the years.

1-HOM_5046.JPGYou can leave your Dahlia tubers in the ground in warmer areas.The black leaf variety "Dahlia Summer Days" are not as susceptible to powdery mildew and spider mite, plus only growing to 30cm in height they don't need staking.

It may surprise you to learn that the Dahlia flower is the national flower of Mexico, most likely because it native to the country.

When given as a gift, the dahlia flower expresses sentiments of dignity and elegance.

Dahlias are also a symbol of commitment and bond that lasts forever. 


Dahlia Summer Days - a single variety. photo M Cannon

Maybe not so much today, but the dahlia flower was used in gardens and flower arrangements to celebrate love and marriage.

If you have any questions about growing the new Dahlia hybrids or have some information to share, why not write in to



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