Wandas Aurora Dahlia
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- SHIPPINGBeginning in February, or after your last frost. If you want your tubers earlier than your last frost date (because you’re a risk-taker or have a greenhouse, for example), just email us and we’re happy to accommodate
- INCLUDES1 full clump of tubers, with planting instructions and a wooden plant marker
- Botanical NameDahlia pinnata
Wanda's Aurora could outshine the sun, with gigantic rosy-golden, 10 inch (or bigger!) dinnerplate blooms. Each tuber grows a tall plant with abundant flowers mid-summer through fall.
- DEER Deer resistant
- KIDS+PETS Mildly toxic, can irritate skin
- WATER Water regularly once it begins to grow
- INDOOR+POTS Grows well in containers outside
- HEIGHT 6ft when full grown
- SPACING 12" between plants
- LIGHT Full sun, or part-shade
- ZONEGrows everywhere in the USA (zones 2-11)
How to Plant
Dig a hole about 8-12" deep and amend with compost. For planting the clump whole, the tuberous root cluster should be fully covered in dirt, but the old stem should be sticking out. For planting a single tuber, fill in the hole to 2-4" deep and place the tuber horizontally (with the eyes, if you can see them, pointing up). Cover with soil and gently compress to make your dahlias nice and snug. Mark the spot with support (a stick or tomato trellis works well) for the big blooms to come. Tubers are prone to rot, so only water it 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 plants about 12" apart.
When to Plant
Avoid the heat of the day when planting — plant in the early morning, late afternoon, or by the light of the moon. Plant outside after your average last frost in the spring, when the ground has warmed.
When to Expect Blooms
Mid-summer through frost. Tender Perennial zones 8-11. Annual zones 2-7.
Water regularly until they get established, and then give them extra water during dry spells. Pick the flowers regularly (Bring the flowers in! Make bouquets! Have fun!) to encourage more buds. And ask us any questions along the way.
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 re-plant the following spring.