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PlantFiles: Novelty Fully Double Dahlia
Dahlia 'Akita'

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Akita
Hybridized by Konishi; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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Section:
Chrysanthemum
Decorative
Miscellaneous

Flower Size:
Large - 8 to 10 inches (200 to 250 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:
Yellow
Red, Dark Red

Pruning:
Unknown - Tell us

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral burningrome On Aug 19, 2010, burningrome from Toronto
Canada wrote:

Beautiful huge flowers on this dahlia in my Toronto garden...the first year anyway. I bought a big bag of these and Procyon dahlias, all bloomed great the first year. Dug them up and stored them in a cool basement in a open bag of peatmoss. Replanted this year and only the Procyon came back - no Akitas! Maybe they're more susceptible to damage by cold? FYI.

Positive Tabacum On Jan 28, 2010, Tabacum from Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Akita is one tough survivor....Lost some of the tubers to
flooding and managed to salvage three small ones for the
following year....It produced a plant the following year that
was not very big or productive....but, the tubers looked
bigger and healthy, so saved them for 2009.....this time
the tubers rewarded me with some huge fantastic blooms
and a plant that reached 40 inches....the plants had to be
staked, as the flowerheads were heavy....the tubers I dug
up for 2010 are huge! Flowerheads last awhile in a vase,
but short stems require just the right vase for them.....

Positive dahlia_fanatic On Aug 23, 2009, dahlia_fanatic from Corvallis, OR wrote:

This interesting dahlia's blooms have a long life cycle and cut really well. As the blooms age the color fades but remains really pretty. It is a favorite of visitors to my garden.

Positive rexian On Jul 4, 2009, rexian from Columbia, MD wrote:

I am in Maryland. This is a very good cultivar. The flowers look gorgeous and it is truly a "What is that Flower?! - Flower. I believe the one I have is probably called AKITA NO HIKARI. I got it from Walmart (3 tubers for 5 bucks) and it was labeled as AKITA. Anyhow, it was my first Dahlia and I planted it in an 8-inch shallow pot upside down. Well this plant grew really stronger than the others that are really pampered by me. It now has 6 buds. So, I believe, if both Walmart and I could not kill it together by mistakes, everyone else will have pretty decent luck with it.

Positive bigcityal On Jul 29, 2006, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This as a specimen of a dahlia. Large and deep flowers. Color is very striking and will grab your attention. The massive flower buds are interesting to watch open.
Be prepared to stake this one well and I tied up the flowers as they are heavy and droop some.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Boise, Idaho
Barbourville, Kentucky
Columbia, Maryland
Kahoka, Missouri
Binghamton, New York
Southold, New York
Corvallis, Oregon
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bellevue, Washington
Cathan, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin



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