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Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia Arabian Night

Arabian Night creates dark drama in the garden with almost-black, deep-red blooms. These huge, stunning flowers are perfect for cutting and creating a dramatic summer bouquet.

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Height: 36-40" 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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SKU FFDAHL3
Common Name Decorative Semi-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 Red
Mature Height 36-40" 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
Flower Size Up to 4 inch flowers
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Ships to Canada No
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For dark drama in the garden and bouquets, Arabian Night is it!

Why Gardeners love Dahlias: 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. 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.

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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5.0

Great Show

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from Loveland, CO

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Pros

  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Strongstraight Stems
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control

    Comments about American Meadows Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia Arabian Night:

    2 tubers = 2 great plants with lots of flowers. True to description.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beautiful, but...

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    from Middle River, MD

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    Pros

    • Envy of my neighbors
    • GORGEOUS deep red color
    • Low Maintenance
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

    • Always dry even w H20
    • Needs Extensive Watering
    • Smaller blooms

    Best Uses

    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia Arabian Night:

    As a first-time home owner, I was very excited to plant my first garden that didn't exist in pots on a balcony! I've always liked dahlias and was looking forward to growing them. The bulbs came in great condition with easy-to-understand instructions. It seems like it took them FOREVER to grow and blossom. Yet when they finally did-- WOW! My neighbors are always complimenting me on them. I love the deep-red color, because there is nothing like it in any of my neighbors' gardens and it really looks exotic. The only downfalls are that they are flimsy/top-heavy (I had been forewarned, so I staked them) and they always seem dry, despite watering. This dryness also makes them a poor cut flower--they only last for one day before they shrivel up and fall apart. Aside from these issues, I have enjoyed growing these dahlias. Now that I know that I CAN grow some flowers, I can't wait to plan next year's garden (dahlias included)!

     
    2.0

    never bloomed.

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    from Chicago

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

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          Comments about American Meadows Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia Arabian Night:

          I was hopeful that this would be half of what the picture said... unfortunately, it never grew/bloomed

           
          5.0

          just gorgeous

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          from chalfont,pa

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Small In Size

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia Arabian Night:

          easy to take care,helpful on phone

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

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