When they begin to grow, cut back the plant as needed, and cultivate the area to promote growth and retain water.
There are many different classes of Dahlias. Below, I will describe the more popular types that you are more likely to see growing.
Laciniated: One of the more bushy looking flowers of this species. It has a fringed looking flower head and resembles quills of porcupine.
Ball: A pompom shaped ball of a flower head. Tight ray florets make up this flower.
Orchid: A single row of petals surrounding the center. This flower resembles blades on a fan.
Single: A row of petals surrounding the center disc. The petals slightly overlap each other.
Waterlily: Several rows of overlapping petals that tilt upwards. In the center there is a tightly bound ball of smaller petals.
Collarette: Resembles a single. Made up of a center disc that is surrounded by small petals, larger petals surround the smaller petals.
Peony: Resembles the waterlily species. There are several rows of overlapping petals that surround a center disc.
Whatever color, variety, or size you choose, the Dahlia is a wonderful flower to grow. You can enjoy them in a garden or in your home. After all, they look beautiful in an arrangement of fresh cut flowers.