Decorative Dahlia 'Contrast'

Dahlia

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Contrast
Hybridized by Chevalier
Registered or introduced: 1957
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Section:

Decorative

Flower Size:

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

Bloom Color:

White

Purple, Wine, Violet

Bicolor

Pruning:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Kenai, Alaska

Aurora, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 29, 2005, tubbss5 from Aurora, IL wrote:

This is a strong grower when in a sunny place. The plant is large and may need to be staked as it will tend to fall over with the weight of foliage and flowers.
Planting - Lay the tuber horizontally 4-6" deep. About 18" to 24" apart. DO NOT WATER TUBERS AFTER PLANTING! Wait to water until the sprouts have appeared above the ground, exception - in hot climates, where they should be watered very lightly. Do not use bark dust or mulch to cover dahlias, as it does not allow the soil to warm up. Once established, water 1 -2 times a week.
Fertilizing - Dahlias require a low nitrogen fertilizer, such as used for vegetables. High percentage potassium and phosphorous fertilizers such as a 5-10-10, 10-20-20, or 0-20-20. First applications should be within 30 days of planting and r... read more

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