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Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix

This mix includes Babylon Red, Babylon Purple and Babylon Bronze (orange) all with huge flowers up to 8" across. Easy to grow and a stunning combination.
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Price: $25.95

Sale: $12.98

$4.33 Per Tuber
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Details:

Height: 44-48" tall
Bulb Spacing: 1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom Time: Mid summer until frost
Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 20DAHL3
Common Name Decorative Dinnerplate Dahlia
Botanical Name Dahlia
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Estimated Mature Height 44-48" tall
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1" to 2" below the soil line.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Containers, Cut Flowers, Borders, Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms, Easy to Grow
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Every dahlia gardener knows the world-famous Babylon series of dinnerplates--Babylon Red, Babylon Purple, and Babylon Bronze (orange). The handsome plants are about 4 ft. tall, and the famous colossal flowers are up to 8" across.

Why Gardeners love Dahlias (See combination photo below.) Dahlias are one of the most rewarding summer flowers of all. They're really easy to grow with spectacular results. If you know them, you know all about it. If you don't, here is the information you need. Prepare to become 'hooked.'

First of all, Dahlias are great for cutting, as you can see in the large top photo of an arrangement showing a lavish deep red dahlia right next to a large, voluptuous rose.

Dahlias are native to Mexico, but there's about as much resemblance between the original and the Dutch hybrids as there is between an old toy car and a brand new Mercedes. Dahlias for today's gardeners offer a really big gardening treat.

The 'bulbs' are actually tubers, and look a lot like peony roots--sort of like a bunch of carrots. The plants grow quickly and some grow quite tall, always with lush deep green foliage.

Types of Dahlias. These plants have been hybridized into various heights from short bedding plants to tall bushy ones. But they are officially categorized by flower type or shape. The term, 'Dinnerplate Dahlia' is probably the most famous description, and though all gardeners use the term, it is not an official classification. 'Dinnerplates' are, simply put, the large plants with the huge flowers. The always-double flowers are up to 8', sometimes a whopping 10' across, so the name makes sense.

Dahlia DetailsPhotos A and C are examples of Dinnerplate Dahlias. As you can see, they come in both solids and bi-colors.
Photo B
shows a whole border of tall dahlias in the garden.

Here are the official classifications:

'Decorative Dahlias' This group includes the Dinnerplates and also other taller (to 4 ft.) plants with double, chrysanthemum-like flowers. The famous 'Shogun Dahlias' are as tall as Decoratives, but have very heavy bloom of smaller bi-colored flowers for gardeners who want a large bushy plant covered with color.

'Cactus Dahlias' are the ones with the cactus-like blooms, often in super-bright bi-colors, always with the rolled, pointed petals. Like other groups, Cactus Dahlias can be of various heights, as long as they have 'cactus' flowers.

'Gallery Dahlias' are a newer group of shorter plants with flower-types of the Decoratives and Cactus groups. The Gallery group is named with terms from the art world including famous artists' names.

'Butterfly' or 'Impression Dahlias' are what the Dutch call 'bedding dahlias. They stay short, and are perfect for pots or borders. The names in this group all begin with 'F' like 'Futuro' and 'Fantastico'. The flowers are wide-open and daisy-like for a really colorful display of their brilliant hues. If well cared-for, watered, and dead-headed, they bloom constantly all season, making great masses of color.

There are other groups such as 'Ball Dahlias' and 'Pom Pom Dahlias' with spherical blooms, 'Colarette Dahlias' with uneven rows of petals creating a 'collar' effect--the varieties go on and on. Growing all of them is essentially the same, and best of all, it's easy.

Growing Dahlias: All the gardener needs to do is plant the tubers after spring frosts in good garden soil with full sun. It's best to position them against a wall or be ready to stake them, since they are brittle, and must be protected from high winds. (If you've grown perennial Delphiniums, the plant size and growth is similar, but success with Dahlias is much easier.) Keep them free of bugs, well-watered, and well-fertilized as they grow, and your dahlias will begin to set buds by midsummer and be in full bloom, usually during July or August. Then the huge flowers keep coming until frost.

When frost threatens, just pull the roots up, cut off the stems, and store the tubers until the following spring. Each fall, you'll be amazed how the 'bulbs' have multiplied during the summer, giving you more and more to divide and enjoy the next year.

One expert has said, 'Never have so many gardeners received so much for so little work, as when they grow dahlias.''

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3.4

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Hardy (3)
  • Long bloom time (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden (4)
    • Cut flowers (3)
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    1.0

    Close but not quite

    By Annie

    from PA

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

      Cons

      • Small In Size
      • Unattractive

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

      The combo did produce a red, orange and pink dahlia but they all ended their growing "spurts" around 2-3 inches. People from my dalhia society thought they were honey combs. Very dissapointed in the company.

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      5.0

      a great buy.....

      By blossom

      from West Chester, PA

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Large Bulb Size
      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

        In full sun, will provide a stunning display late summer into fall. Requires staking.

         
        5.0

        The purple is a beauty

        By jbach

        from west newbury, ma

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        Pros

        • Large Bulb Size
        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

            I purchased these not knowing how they would blend with the color options I had planted in the bed.
            I was pleasantly surprised! The purple is just beautiful! I cant wait for the two others to bloom. The plants are all healthy and doing very well.

             
            5.0

            Huge flowers and continous blooming!

            By Orquidlady

            from Chappaqua, NY

            About Me Getting Started

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            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • Susceptible to Pests

            Best Uses

            • Cut Flowers

            Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

            These are the most beautiful flower in my garden.
            They are huge, and with very deep colors, so amazing!
            Deer do not eat them, but slugs love the leaves, and Japanese beetles sleep in the flowers.... I did no insect control, they still grow beautifully.

             
            1.0

            The purple one did not blossom at all.

            By Phaedra

            from Vermont

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cut Flowers

                Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

                Spend lots of time planning layout and colors. Very disappointing not to have a certain color bloom and a short bloom time on the red.Above areas are not accepting full comments being made!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                never bloomed and two never grew

                By chemgirl

                from schwenksville, pa

                Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

                Planted after last frost in pot according to instructions. Only one grew, and it never bloomed.

                 
                4.0

                Traffic stoppers!

                By dr dan

                from alpharetta (atlanta) georgia

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

                  Neighbors call me the Dahlia King and I have an impressive assortment I grow prominently in the front yard each year, When neighbors pause to see the exciting array, I'll cut a bouquet for them, ensuring I'll have new and prolific production all season! The Babylon collection is a good basic start for reliable non stop enormous displays of impressive sized flowers. Now in their 3rd year, neighbors are already asking if I've set them out yet although it is still early spring!

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                  4.0

                  NICE tubers

                  By The Glamorous Gardener

                  from Battle ground WA

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

                  These are nice tubers. remember to stake or get support as they are heavy huge blooms. NICE!

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                  • Personal
                   
                  5.0

                  They get bigger and bigger each year

                  By Sally625

                  from Sahuarita AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy

                  Cons

                  • Do need water

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Babylon's Garden Mix:

                  Dahlias are the easiest to grow. I have a soaker hose on them and water when dry. (AZ little rain) They bloom spring to late fall if fertilized once a month. I have had flowers on Thanksgiving in warm years. The plants grow Hugh and produce more and larger flowers each year.

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                  Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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                  Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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                  • Garden Gloves

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