The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl, and is the official flower of Seattle, WA. Dahlias are considered one of the most spectacular garden flowers. There is a great variety of form in dahlias, from the showy dinner-plate size to the bright, little single ones. Dahlias are natives of the mountainous regions of Mexico and, although they grow in a warm country, they are actually temperate plants requiring cooler conditions. There are 30 species and 20,000 cultivars of Dahlias.
Care and Handling
- Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems in air or under water and place into a fresh flower food solution. A hydration pretreatment may also be beneficial as a way to help rid the stems of microbes, which in turn may help to extend their vaselife in flower food.
- The use of floral foam does not decrease vase life.
- (Optional) If you are leaving your flowers for days at a time, you can opt to refrigerate your dahlias, just like professional florists.
- The average vase life of dahlias lasts anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks.
- It never hurts to ask. When you place your order with your florist, try asking them for flowers that have arrived most recently to ensure you are receiving the freshest buds.
- Most varieties are available from summer through fall to year-round.
|Symbolism:||Love, Beauty, Romance, Passion|
|Native Origin:||Majority Asia, Smaller numbers in Europe, North America, North Africa|
|Blooming Season:||Midspring to Fall|
|Average Life:||10 days - 2 weeks|