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    Contraste is a unique Dinner Plate Dahlia variety with giant 9 inch bi-color flowers that will add something a little unusual to any garden. Perfect for a border or patio containers, the huge burgundy and white flower heads make this variety exceptional for cut flowers.

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

    ☀️ Light Required: Full Sun / Partial Shade
    🌷 Height: 40-45"
    🌸 Blooming Period: Jul - Sep
    🌱 Bulb Size: I (Top Size)
    Planting Distance: 24"
    Planting Depth: 2"
    📍 Hardiness Zone: 8-10
    🦌 Deer Resistant: No
    💐 Minimum Bulbs for Effect: 2-3

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The secret to growing Contraste dahlias is to plant them in well-draining soil in a spot that receives full sun. They thrive in a warm climate and need at least 6 hours of sunlight. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight, but not too much or they'll get a sunburn (no this is a joke, they don't get sunburned).

    And water them regularly, but not too much or they'll get waterlogged and drown, as dahlias are destined to die when they have ‘wet feet’. It's important to deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage more flowers to grow. Additionally, fertilize dahlias once a month with a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy growth. Treat them like the stars they are, and they'll reward you with blooms that are out of this world.

    Well, dahlias are a bit like people - some are naturally bushier than others. But fear not, dear gardener, for there are a few tricks to coaxing those Contraste dahlias into a fuller, fluffier shape.

    Firstly, be sure to pinch back the stem tips when they reach about 6 inches tall. This will encourage branching and more compact growth. Just like how getting a haircut regularly makes your hair fuller, dahlias benefit from a little snip-snip too.

    Secondly, make sure they're getting enough sunshine and nutrients. Just like how humans need a balanced diet and some Vitamin D to stay healthy, dahlias need fertile, well-draining soil and at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to thrive.

    Contraste dahlia tubers should be planted about 4-5 inches deep, leaving the tip exposed and 18 inches apart from each other. Don’t bury them! When it comes to planting the tubers, depth is key.

    The depth of planting the tubers is important for their successful growth. If the tubers are planted too deep, they will delay their emergence and reduce the number of blooms.

    When planting the tubers, ensure that the planting site has good drainage and is in full sun. The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter. Once the hole has been dug, place the tuber in it with the "eye" facing upward. The eye is the point where new shoots will emerge.

    Contraste dahlias can be grown both in pots and in the ground, but they may perform differently in each environment.

    When grown in pots, Contraste dahlias require a well-draining soil mix and frequent watering to keep the soil moist. Pots also allow for easier control over the plant's growth, as they can be moved to areas with optimal sunlight and protection from wind or extreme temperatures. However, the limited space in pots can hinder the plant's ability to grow to its full potential.

    On the other hand, when grown in the ground, Contraste dahlias can spread their roots more freely and receive a greater amount of nutrients and water from the soil. They may also be more resistant to extreme weather conditions. However, growing Contraste dahlias in the ground requires adequate preparation of the soil, including loosening the soil and adding organic matter.

    Ultimately, the choice between growing Contraste dahlias in pots or in the ground depends on the available space, resources, and preferences of the gardener.


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