French Cancan Dahlia

French Cancan Dahlia is a bi-color blast of lemon-yellow petals, with copper streaks on top and bold vermilion undersides. Since her petals twist and turn upwards as they burst from their center, the under color kicks right out, like the surprising, colorful petticoats of a lady dancing the Cancan. Clever, right? French Cancan Dahlia is a shaggy decorative form (yes, we made that term up) with 5" blooms on a shorter, 3ft plant.

Dahlias are towering beauties of the summer garden, coming into bloom around mid-summer to steal the show with a stunning array of colors and shapes.

Includes one full, labeled, tuber clump
Plant Info
Botanical Name
Dahlia pinnata
Height
4 ft when full grown
Spacing
12" between plants
Light
Full sun or part shade
Zone
Grows everywhere in the USA (annual in zones 2-6, tender perennial in zones 7-11)
Kids & Pets & Deer
Mildly toxic to pets, however the petals (and tubers!) are edible. Deer Resistant
Climate
Heat-loving
Water
Water regularly once it begins to grow
Indoor & Pots
Grows well in containers outside
Growing Info
How to Plant Dig a hole about 8-12" deep and mix in compost if you have it. For planting the clump whole, the tuber clump should be fully covered in dirt, but the stem should be sticking out. For planting a single tuber, lay the tuber on its side horizontally 2-4" deep. Cover with soil and gently compress to make your dahlias nice and snug. Mark the spot with support (a stake or tomato trellis works well) for the big blooms to come. Tubers are prone to rot, so only water if the soil is very dry, otherwise leave it be until it starts to grow.
Where to Plant Find a place that gets mostly sun, and space the tubers about 12" apart
When to Plant Late spring once the soil has warmed up
When to Expect Blooms Late summer until your first hard frost
Care Instructions Water regularly once they start to sprout, and then give them regular water. Pick the flowers regularly to encourage more blooms. They are sensitive to frost, so make sure to wait until any threat of frost has passed before planting outside
Extra Credit When the plant is about 12" tall you can pinch it back, (which is to clip off the first main middle bud), so that the plant is encouraged to be bushier and more full of blooms as it matures. After your first frost, you can dig up your tubers and store them someplace cool and dark to replant the following spring. Our plant care page has detailed instructions on Dahlia digging, dividing, and storing
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  • How many tubers do u get

    The number of tubers in a clump really varies by variety, but generally counting on being able to divide once is a safe bet. Although you can also plant the whole clump together, and plan to divide in the fall!