Dahlia Motto

 

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Motto ignites the summer garden with bold, flame-orange Dahlia blooms. A knock-out both in the garden and cut for summer bouquets.

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 36-40" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 3
SKU ASB6F03
Motto makes as bold statement on its own or paired with a white variety for a contrasting look in the summer garden.

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.''

SKU ASB6F03
Common Name Decorative 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 Orange
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 8-10" across
Planting Time 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
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts.
Ships to Canada No

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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3.3

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2.0

Yellow not orange

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from north brunswick nj

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        Comments about American Meadows Dahlia Motto:

        They were yellow not orange

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        from Des Moines, IA

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              Comments about American Meadows Dahlia Motto:

              I'm not sure what to say about this...I was extremely excited based off the great reviews and supposed ease of growing. We bought during a BOGO sale so had a bunch of plants to work with. Planted in a sunny corner of our yard and only 3 flowers ever bloomed. Not three PLANTS w/ multiple buds, three FLOWERS, total. At one point we noticed it being pulled down by a vine, so we removed the vine and staked it...looked out for it from that point on...but nothing else ever grew. Adding to that, The color was nowhere near this vibrant orange. Two were pale yellow and the third was a slightly brighter yellow. We planted some different dinnerplate dahlia's on the opposite corner of the yard and they are still doing extremely well. Not sure what the problem was with these, but it made for a very sad eastern half of our front yard.

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              5.0

              Beautiful blooms!

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              from Gordonsville, va.

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                    Comments about American Meadows Dahlia Motto:

                    Very satisfied with this flower!

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                    5.0

                    This product is a winner.

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                    from St. Helens, Or

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                    Pros

                    • 5-6" Deep
                    • Cut Flower
                    • How To Plant Dahlias
                    • It is beautiful
                    • Massed In Garden
                    • Motto Takes Your Breath
                    • Single Specimen

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                        Comments about American Meadows Dahlia Motto:

                        Dahlies are best planted 5-6" deep, not 1-2" so they over-winter in zones 8 and up.

                        Motto is one of my favorites. It just glows, especially at twilight. Plant it with yellows, golds, oranges, melons, reds, especially. Even lavenders and purples.

                        It is a great cut flower because of its strong stem.

                        This website is the only American retailer where I could find it after Fred Meyer quit carrying it and I messed up and lost mine.

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                        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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