9 things you probably don't know about dahlias
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Brush up on your dahlia know-how with these fast facts
DID YOU KNOW?
- There are more than 30 species and over 20,000 cultivars of dahlias.
- The original French diva, Marie Antoinette, fell head over heels for dahlias when they were a new arrival in Europe, and now there’s a variety named after her.
- Pompon-shaped varieties are the toughest types: they’re extremely resistant to cold and rainy weather.
- There’s no such thing as a black dahlia. They come in just about every shade under the sun, except true blue and black. “Black” dahlias are actually burgundy.
- It’s easy to find professionally pre-grown dahlias in nursery pots at garden centres. Transfer them to a decorative pot or into your garden in the late summer.
- The tallest-growing shapes are spiky cacti, decorative double flowers with flat-tipped petals, and globe-shaped pompons.
- Dahlias originated as a wildflower in the high mountain regions of Mexico and Guatemala. That’s why they naturally work well and bloom happily in cool fall breezes.
- It’s ideal to plant tubers sometime around the May long weekend.
- Tubers can’t be separated because their roots are so thick. Once a tuber is separated from its growing point, it won’t send out shoots.