Frequently Asked Questions
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|📦 Quantity per Package:||1 Big Tuber|
|☀️ Light Required:||Full Sun / Partial Shade|
|🌸 Blooming Period:||Jul - Sep|
|🌱 Bulb Size:||I (Top Size)|
|↔ Planting Distance:||24"|
|↕ Planting Depth:||2"|
|📍 Hardiness Zone:||Zone 8-10|
|🦌 Deer Resistant:||No|
|💐 Minimum Bulbs for Effect:||2-3|
Ferncliff Illusion is a tall variety of dahlia that can grow up to 4-5 feet in height (120-150 cm) and 1-2 feet in width (30-60 cm). This dahlia variety produces large, showy flowers with purple-red petals and a bright yellow center. The blooms can measure up to 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) in diameter and appear in mid-summer to early fall.
Ferncliff Illusion dahlia plants prefer full sun exposure and well-drained soil. Regular watering and fertilization can promote healthy growth and flowering. With proper care, Ferncliff Illusion can be a stunning addition to any garden or landscape.
The key to growing Ferncliff Illusion dahlias successfully is to provide them with the right growing conditions. They thrive in well-draining soil with good fertility, and they require full sun to partial shade (at least 6 hours of sun). Plant tubers in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed, and keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Deadhead regularly to encourage more blooms and pinch back the tips of the plants to encourage bushier growth. Additionally, staking or providing support for the tall stems will help prevent them from flopping over. With proper care, Ferncliff Illusion dahlias will reward you with stunning, bi-colored blooms throughout the growing season.
Soaking Ferncliff Illusion Dahlia tubers before planting is not necessary, but it can be beneficial for promoting faster growth and healthy plant development.
Additionally, it is possible that when you ordered Ferncliff Illusion it is not planting time yet. You should store them in a dark and dry place, but this can give them a dormant look. Soaking helps to hydrate the dahlia tubers and gives them a boost.
It's important to note that dahlia tubers should not be soaked for more than a few hours, as prolonged soaking can lead to rot and death of the tubers. When soaking, make sure to use clean, room-temperature water and change it frequently to prevent the growth of any bacteria.
After soaking, it's essential to plant the tubers as soon as possible to avoid any further deterioration. Place the tubers in a well-draining soil mix and cover them with a few inches of soil, water thoroughly and wait for the new growth to emerge.
While dahlias can be left in the ground over the winter in some warmer areas with USDA zones 8 or higher, this is not generally recommended for colder climates.
Ferncliff Illusion dahlias are considered tender perennials and are not cold-hardy, meaning they are sensitive to freezing temperatures. If left in the ground over winter in a cold climate, Ferncliff Illusion dahlias are likely to be killed by freezing temperatures and may not survive until the next growing season.
To ensure the best chance of survival and healthy growth, it is recommended to lift the tubers of Ferncliff Illusion dahlias and store them in a cool, dry place for the winter. This will protect them from freezing temperatures and allow them to rest and prepare for the next growing season.