Beautiful Dahlia

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    If ever there was a flower that knew the meaning of variety, it is the Dahlia. While it's colors are limited to the warm ranges of red, orange, yellow, pink and white, it's flowers come in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes. Dahlias are grouped into 6 size categories:

    * Giant - more than 10 inches in diameter
    * Large - 8-10 inches in diameter
    * Medium - 6-8 inches in diameter
    * Small - 4-6 inches in diameter
    * Miniature - 2-4 inches in diameter
    * Mignon - Less than 2 inches in diameter

    On top of that, they are grouped into 11 bloom categories. These include:

    * Decorative
    * Cactus
    * Fimbriated
    * Ball
    * Waterlily
    * Anemone
    * Collarette
    * Orchid
    * Peony
    * Single
    * Novelty

    Each variation of the dahlia petal is a beauty. Their petals can be spiky, wispy, round thin or a half dozen other variations. Even the color ranges from one solid color to a painted mixture of two or three colors.

    Dahlias like well, drain, humus rich soil. They also like full light. While dahlias are not cold hardy, they do benefit from being grown in a cooler climate with plenty of rain fall.

    Dahlias bloom from mid summer all the way up to frost. Many times their displayed will become more spectacular as the weather cools. Dahlias produce a better display if they are properly deadheaded and pinched.

    Dahlias are commonly grown as an annual but they can be grown as a perennial if their tubers are dug up shortly after the first frost. To dig up a dahlia properly, simply dig the frost blackened plant out of the ground. Brush (not wash) as much soil off as possible and then cut the stems back to about 6 inches. Set them out in a cool dry place to dry for a day or two. Basements or garages are ideal for this. After they have dried out a bit, dust them with a bit of fungicide and pack them away. Packing them in vermiculite or sand will help to ensure that the tuber will not be affected by fungal infestations.

    Dahlias are easily propagated by division. Simply replant the tubers and wait until the growth reaches between a half inch to a full inch. Dig the plant back up and divide the clump into a few pieces. Each new clump needs to have a shoot on it.

    If you haven't grown dahlias before, then this summer I would highly recommend that you give them a try. The variety and vividness of the dahlia flower is difficult to find in any other flower.

    Part of the Compositeae family

    Some types of Dahila: Dahlianova types, Gallery series, Impression selection

    Common misspellings: dalia, dohila, dolia, daila, dahla

    Shown here is Decorative Dahlia.

    Mary Trebilco, october blue, and 108 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. beachglassfan 82 months ago | reply

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    2. Photography By Shaeree 82 months ago | reply

      Wow I love the color of this Dahlia. Amazing shot. Stunning. :)

    3. jess01_82 80 months ago | reply

      I love dahlias too. I have a picture of one also but it looks ridiculous compared to your picture. Oh well, one day I will have a real camera, lol.

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    6. Miska.Randhawa 78 months ago | reply

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    9. Cher12861 76 months ago | reply

      Just stunning!

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    12. sunbird48 72 months ago | reply

      A very nice picture boosted up it shows no flaws in the picture that i can see.. Well done.

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    14. -caz- 61 months ago | reply

      this is just divine! be sure to enter it in the FFF Dahlia contest! if you don't already have an entry :)

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    16. Suusie109 50 months ago | reply

      What did you do to the background? I think it is sooo obviously photoshopped...
      Is it just me who sees this?
      I clicked on the photo because the flower stood out, so colorful, but it looks a bit fake if you pay better attention...

    17. Anne J.ღ OFF 23 months ago | reply

      Stunning !!! who cares even if it is photoshopped !!! To my eyes it is REALly outstanding :-)))

    18. Mary Trebilco 22 months ago | reply

      A beautiful photograph of a lovely dahlia. The depth of field is outstanding!

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    19. unicorn 81 16 months ago | reply

      eine fantastische Farbe

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