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Can Dahlias Grow in Shade? (Growing Tips)

Are you thinking of giving a bouquet of flowers to someone? Well if you do so, I have the flowers that will complete the bouquet with their bushy look and the number of colors that they include: those flowers are dahlias! Their ability to complete anything that you want to make look good is definitely unbelievable!

Anyways, as somehow mentioned, dahlias are bushy flowers that come in different color choices and it has their requirements as well, just as any other plant that you might think about!
In order to notice the requirements that a dahlia flower has is important to ask the question that made you come and find yourselves in this article: Can dahlias grow in shade?

Well, let me help you find out more about this question, and also, in this article, you will find some other important information about dahlias in general! Here we go!

Dahlias – The Representation

Dahlias are interesting and good-looking flowers that come from the family Compositae and they grow in tubes. The native places of these flowers are Central America and Mexico. Dahlias are perennial flowers that kind of “move” when it is cold, meanwhile, they come back to you in late spring. Think about them as the birds! They leave when the weather is cold and they come back again when the heat of the spring and summer is here.

  • Dahlias have a lot of things to mention, but I would like to include some of the most important and interesting facts that many people have proven about dahlia flowers.
  • Dahlias are types of flowers that include 30 species, and being perennials, this number is quite high.
  • In case you are looking for flowers to have at your wedding, let me tell you that during the Victorian age they were a symbol of weddings, among some other flowers. Also, it was the favorite flower of Queen Victoria.
  • Even though there are a lot of species and a lot of colors, you will never be able to find a blue dahlia flower.

Can Dahlias Grow in Shade?

Here I would like to include a fact that I mentioned above and that is about dahlias being perennial plants. Well, based on that, and thinking about the spring and summer seasons that they come back, dahlias cannot be grown in shade!

This also concludes with the part that when planting dahlias you should think about the light as one of the most important things.

Light Requirements in Dahlia Flowers

Being flowers that bloom all the way up, they need light and it is one of the most important things that will help them grow healthy. A dahlia plant needs light for about 6-8 hours and that is for just one day.

Frequently Asked Questions

When to plant dahlia flowers?

Being perennial flowers, dahlias love to be planted in spring. Especially during the month of March and April, which is somehow related to the fact that they need sun and light.

If you plant them during these months, you can be more than sure that they will grow healthy enough to look as beautiful as they should.

How to water dahlias?

Just as the lighting part that I mentioned throughout the article, the watering procedure is also one of the most important things that you should have in mind, in order to grow dahlias.

Dahlias need to be watered from one to three times a week, but you should make sure that you don’t touch with water the other parts of the flower besides the roots. That concludes the fact that dahlias should be watered directly on the soil in which they are planted.

Do dahlias need fertilization?

Again, an important factor in growing dahlias is fertilization. You may find different ways of fertilizing dahlia flowers but still, the best way to do so is using an all-purpose type of fertilizer that includes all the nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, in a normal and equal percentage. For example, you can use a 5-5-5 fertilizer.

Can I grow dahlias indoors?

Completely related to the article that I wrote today, dahlia flowers cannot be grown well indoors. As they need light during specific hours of the day, it is not normal to have the dahlias indoors, inside a pot. At least, you should know that they shouldn’t be put inside during spring, summer, and autumn. Let them live outdoors!

What to do with dahlias during winter?

I am well aware of the fact that every plant owner is a little bit scared when the winter comes and you own outdoor plants just like dahlias. Well, let me say that you shouldn’t really worry about that! You can easily transplant your dahlias in a pot but give them the things that they need.

Final Words

Here we came at the end of this article, which I hope was understandable. You, the readers, can clearly notice that dahlias are quite famous flowers and as seen they are very beautiful ones.

When it comes to the part of the growing in shade, let me mention again that it isn’t a good thing as based on the light requirements they need the light and the sun for a specific amount of time during the day.

Anyways, I hope this article helps you have an idea about dahlia flowers and their growth requirements!

Further Reading

I know that I mentioned different things, and in those different things, I included what dahlias need as flowers. Here I gave a general point of view, but, in case you need more information on any specific thing about dahlias, I would like to include some other articles that you can check out.

You can find out the number of dahlia flowers in just one plant, and as I mentioned fertilization above, you can find out the ways how to fertilize dahlias.

In case the flowers are showing some “weird symptoms” such as the coloration of the leaves, you can find out more about the yellowing of leaves in dahlia flowers!

Check them out and stay tuned for more!

Ella Holmes

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