Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill

 
Pink Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill, Dahlia, Decorative Dinnerplate Dahlia

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These dahlias can light up a whole garden with their knockout pink flowers; imagine them in a vase! What other flower offers so much beauty for such little effort?

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 40-44" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 3
SKU 7DAHL3
This pink confection was a hit worldwide as soon as it was seen. So why shouldn't Otto (who must be the hybridizer) be thrilled. These dahlias can light up a whole garden with huge pink flowers--a true spectacle. And imagine them in a vase!

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.''

SKU 7DAHL3
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 Pink
Mature Height 40-44" 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 8" flowers
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 Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsDinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill
 
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1.0

Otto's Thrill didn't

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from Caledonia, MN

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      Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill:

      I year ago my sister purchased Otto's Thrill for our mother from another supplier and it was beautiful. The tubers did not survive the winter in my basement so I searched for another one for her. Your company only sold it in units of 3 so I planted one in her yard and 2 in mine. Either my sister got something else last year or I did this year. The one last year was 6+ inches across and a beautiful pink-peach. All three of them this year were about 3 inches across and just pink. (the one at my mother's was in the same location as last year so it had the same amount of sun, care, etc.

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      Otto's Thrill

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      from Caledonia, MN

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          Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill:

          My mother had an Otto's thrill last year and it was a large, beautiful peach color dahlia. That did not survive over winter so ordered Otto's Thrill from you and was very disappointed. This is a rose color, small dahlia, nothing like the one she had last year.
          Either the bulbs got mixed up or something else happened.

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          5.0

          In the Pink

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          from Central PA

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          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Need Strong 6 Ft Stakes

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          Dedicated Flower Beds

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          4.0

          Big and showy!

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          from Georgia, VT

          Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill:

          Tall growing, excellent for the back of the border. Need to plant earlier then later.

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          5.0

          the name says it all

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          from atlanta, GA

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            Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill:

            My neighbors call me the "Dahlia King" and my neighbor Otto was just entranced by this average size dahlia. I only grow dinner plates and Otto's Thrill is not an impressive size in my garden but it's abstract beauty and variety exceeds it's size. In fact Otto's Thrill is the only intermediately sized Dahlia I allow in my display garden. I gave away hearty clumps to all my immediate neighbors two years ago and it grows in popularity each year. I now see Otto's Thrill at least three blocks away. A prolific bloomer and carefree with minimal staking, it produces abundantly throughout the season. With a wide range of shading, each flower unfolds into a unique full flower, by the scores, so there are plenty to cut for the office and still have a full bushy habit in the display garden.

            The flower form is reminiscent of our water lilies and recapitulates beautifully around the pond (tolerates wet feet better than most). This is a must have for 4" to 6" flowers (without pinching), dependability and stunning repeated prolific flowering. Freely multi-clumps annually so you can expect to double plants annually. For me in Atlanta, grows about 36' tall. I do dig it up each year in late November and it holds well in my unheated garage.

            American Meadows has a very favorable price on this plant. I've bought Dahlias here before (including Otto's Thrill, I think) and have had great success with all but orange dinner plates.

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            4.0

            Beautiful Bountiful Pinks

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            from Bellevue, WA

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              Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill:

              I received my regular order and with it, a free Otto's Thrill bulb. I was surprised by the healthiness of the huge bulb and then again with the hardiness of the full grown plant. Thanks so much for the quality products American Meadows!

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              4.0

              Beautiful blooms!

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              from Rockingham County, NC

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                Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Otto's Thrill:

                Beautiful flowers that last a long time! Only problem I have had is staking up the stalks so they look nice. They get tall and the flower heads are heavy.

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