A Quick Note On Dahlia Colors
The same genetics that give Dahlias their stunning range of color can also create a lot of variability and inconsistency when the flowers bloom. Most cultivars available today are reliable, but there can be surprises in the garden!
Here are a few things that you may see occasionally when growing Dahlias:
- A bicolor Dahlia may produce flowers with two colors one year, but grow one-color flowers the next.
- Dahlias with solid flowers, as a result of stress or genetic mutations, may grow a bi-color flower one year.
- Single-color flowers can express a range of colors, depending on the plant, your growing conditions, and the weather. Cafe Au Lait, one of the most popular Dahlias, is known for growing blooms that express a range of colors, from buff white to pale pink to pale yellow.
Here are a few factors that influence Dahlia flower colors:
- Weather: heat and cold can affect growth rate, flower size, and flower production.
- Climate and soil: the nutrients in your soil and your growing conditions can affect flowering.
- Flower age: As flowers mature, you may see a shift in coloring as the petals open and expand. Some colors may become brighter, while others may fade. Enjoy the beauty of every phase!