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Dahlia tubers are a popular garden plant that have exploded in popularity in recent years. There are many reasons why dahlias make an excellent garden plant.

First and foremost, dahlias are known for their beautiful, colorful flowers that bloom in a range of shades including red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow. These flowers add a pop of color and interest to any garden and can be enjoyed from summer through fall.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, dahlias are also relatively easy to grow and care for. They are low maintenance and can thrive in a variety of soil types as long as they receive plenty of sunlight.

Another reason for their increasing popularity is the wide range of sizes and shapes available. Dahlias come in various sizes ranging from small, compact plants to tall, dramatic ones. There are also various shapes available, including cactus, pompom, and waterlily. This means that there is a dahlia variety to suit any garden design.

To get the best out of your dahlias, here are the top 10 tips:

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil for your dahlias. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive.
  2. Prepare the soil by mixing in compost or well-rotted manure to improve the nutrient content and structure. Dahlias also benefit from the addition of a balanced fertilizer.
  3. Plant dahlias in the spring, after the last frost has passed. If you live in a cooler climate, you may need to start them indoors a few weeks earlier.
  4. Plant dahlias at the same depth they were growing in their pots, with about a foot of space between each one.
  5. Water your dahlias regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  6. Stake tall dahlias to prevent them from falling over. Use tall, sturdy stakes and tie the plants to them using soft material to avoid damaging the stems.
  7. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage new growth and prolong the flowering period.
  8. Divide and re-plant your dahlias every few years to keep them healthy and prevent overcrowding.
  9. Protect your dahlias from pests like slugs, snails, and aphids by using natural remedies or approved pesticides.
  10. In colder climates, cover your dahlias with a layer of mulch or straw before the first frost to protect them from the cold. Alternatively, you can dig up the tubers and store them indoors over winter.