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    Decorative Dahlia Ellen Houston, also known as the border dahlia, has lovely orange-red flowers which show off perfectly against its dark foliage. Blooming all summer long, it makes an excellent patio plant.

    Product Information
    🚚 Shipping Starts: End of March 2023
    📦 Quantity per Package: 1 Big Tuber

    ☀️ Light Required: Full Sun / Partial Shade
    🌷 Height: 16-18"
    🌸 Blooming Period: Jul - Sep
    🌱 Bulb Size: I (Top Size)
    Planting Distance: 12"
    Planting Depth: 2"
    📍 Hardiness Zone: 8-10
    🦌 Deer Resistant: No
    💐 Minimum Bulbs for Effect: 2-3
    Ellen Houston

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you live in a region where the ground freezes, leaving Ellen Houston dahlias in the ground over winter is not recommended as they will not survive the cold temperatures.

    Ellen Houston dahlias are a type of dahlia that is not winter hardy and is typically grown as an annual in areas where winter temperatures drop below freezing. It is best to dig up the tubers in the fall after the foliage has died back and store them in a cool, dry place until the following spring.

    If you live in a mild climate (with USDA zone 8 or higher) where the ground does not freeze, it is possible to leave the dahlias in the ground over winter, but it is still recommended to mulch heavily around the plants to protect the tubers from freezing temperatures.

    Ellen Houston dahlias can come back every year, but their survival largely depends on factors such as climate, soil conditions, and care. In areas with mild winters, such as in USDA zone 8 or higher, Ellen Houston dahlias can survive the winter and come back the following year.

    However, in areas with harsh winters, they may not survive when left in the ground. To ensure the best chances of Ellen Houston dahlias coming back each year, it's important to dig them up before the first frost signs show and store them in a dark and dry place such as the basement or garage.

    Ellen Houston dahlias are easy to grow with a few simple steps. Start by choosing a sunny location with well-draining soil. Plant the tubers about 4-5 inches deep and 18-24 inches apart, after the last frost in your area. Water deeply once a week, or more frequently in hot, dry weather.

    Add a balanced fertilizer every two to four weeks. Pinch off the top of the stem when it reaches about 12 inches tall to encourage bushy growth and more flowers. Deadhead regularly to encourage more blooms. In colder climates, dig up the tubers after the first frost and store them in a cool, dry place until spring.

    Ellen Houston dahlias thrive in well-draining, fertile soil that is enriched with organic matter. They prefer a location with full sun exposure, meaning they should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Preferably facing the South. In terms of planting depth, Ellen Houston dahlias should be planted approximately 4-5 inches deep, with the eye of the tuber facing up. Don't bury them!

    It's important to plant dahlias after the last frost date in your area, as they are absolutely not hardy and frost will damage them. Additionally, they should be spaced at least 18-24 inches apart to allow for proper airflow and to prevent disease. With the right growing conditions, Ellen Houston dahlias will produce stunning, vibrant blooms throughout the growing season.


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