Went over to a nursery and found these little plants called dahliettas. They are not the same as an annual dahlia bedding plant. They stay only about 8 to 10 inches tall. They are patented, so no propogating. They are all started from cuttings. I think I am going to try a few containers of these. I have seen information on the galleries and jackpots but never have seen or tried them. Anybody familar with these?
Dahliettas, gallery dahlias, jackpot dahlias
I bought some pink Dahliettas two years ago, and planted them as border flowers in a partly shady area. They stayed small - - but just about bloomed themselves to death. My only mistake was that I did not plant them close enough. However, they had so many blooms that you seldom could see any leaves.
Kell, all I have are nursery brochures. But yes I think I am going to pot some of these up in these plastic urn containers for my DD's wedding.
Nathalyn, these urn containers are probably equivalent to a 2 or 3 gallon pot. Do you think 3 plants would be enough per container?
What are you going to plant in the middle for height? I love how the flowers stand above the foliage.
Joann.......foliage plants would look nice, don't you think so? Coleus, Plectranthus,ivies??? E.
I think that the number of plants that you need is more determined by the diameter of your pot. These dahliettas stay very small - - maybe 6 - 8 inches in diameter. I would plant as many as you think will fill your container once fully grown. As they are also fairly short, I would add either something in the middle with height or something that would trail out of the urn. I agree with Kell and Roselaine that a mixture of plants to complement the flowers would be nice.
Another good choice that is similar in apperance is Dreamland Zinnas. They get a littler larger(around 10-12 inches tall) but also produce large quantities of large blooms on short stems, which gives it a nosegay/bushlike appearance. Parkseed carries these in a multitude of colors and they stay full of blooms all summer as long as you keep them deadheaded.
Thanks for the heighth idea, will definitely follow up on that one. The pot is about 12 inches in diameter.
Eyes, they are in garden centers here, I have found them a bit difficult. I only grew them that year this thread began and never tried again. sorry, Joann
If they were contrary for you, I suppose I'd better pass....thanks, sweetie.
I am looking for a source for Mary Elizabeth dahlia.