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Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia

 

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'Cafe Au Lait' Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, buttermilk-colored blooms up to 8” across that blush with pink and hints of barely-there latte brown. As the season progresses and the flowers mature, expect more delicious color variations to appear. Excellent as a cut flower, 'Cafe Au Lait' is hugely popular in wedding bouquets and arrangements. Prefers full sun. (Dahlia)

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
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 50DAHL3

Plant Information

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 and make excellent cutting flowers.

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.

'Cactus Dahlias' are the ones with the cactus-like blooms, often in super-bright bicolors, 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 50DAHL3
Common Name Café Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia
Botanical Name Dinner Plate Dahlia Café Au Lait
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Cream
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Serrated oval-shaped green foliage.
Mature Height 36-40" tall
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb/tuber per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1-2" 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, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Containers, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Perennial in zones 8-10. Can be grown as annuals in zones 2-7.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials 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.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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4.1

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80%

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Pros

  • Attractive (8)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Hardy (4)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful!!

I ordered this pretty dahlia last summer ...It bloomed from June till November!! Beautiful cut flowers which last a week after I cut them! The color is a beautiful cream shade the...Read complete review

I ordered this pretty dahlia last summer ...It bloomed from June till November!! Beautiful cut flowers which last a week after I cut them! The color is a beautiful cream shade the name fits the color~Blooms are huge~This is one that you will love in your garden of dahlias

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

These Dahlias did very poorly

These dahlias were planted in containers. 1 got large, had a bud and then browned and died. Another developed rot and died.

These dahlias were planted in containers. 1 got large, had a bud and then browned and died. Another developed rot and died.

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5.0

Pretty, lots of blooms

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from Ansonia, Ohio

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

Cons

  • Pests & Disease

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  • Garden
  • Patio

Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

Very pretty, lots of blooms. Great for cutting garden.

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1.0

These Dahlias did very poorly

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from Worcester, MA

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Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

These dahlias were planted in containers. 1 got large, had a bud and then browned and died. Another developed rot and died.

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5.0

Perfection!

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from Ontario, Canada

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

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    • Cut flower
    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

    These dahlias are sturdy and lush.

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    5.0

    Will have these for years to come!

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    from Seattle

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    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Heavy

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    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

    These were so gorgeous!! A couple of the ones I planted grew up to 7ft tall and those are having a little trouble flowering. They have buds but only bloom tiny misshapen flowers. I'm still waiting to see what happens with those. But the others turned out beautiful big blooms and were all uniquely colored. Love them!!

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    5.0

    Nice color

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    from Eastern Pennsylvania

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      Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

      I have this color in my garden. Some blooms appear pure white, but next to Snow country you can see the difference. Beautiful big blooms. Grew it first in 2016. Stored in cellar over winter. Growing well in 2017.

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      5.0

      Gorgeous

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      from Nashville

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        Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

        Beautiful flowers. All three plants came up and are thriving. Blooms are enormous and exactly as pictured.

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        5.0

        I grew this color last summer and it was beautiful.

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        from PA

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          Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

          I grew cafe au lait last summer. Beautiful blooms. Lots of blooms. Color varies from bloom to bloom. Some are almost white. Looks nice in vase with any other color.

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          4.0

          Lovely- but pure white

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          from Cortland, NY

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              Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

              These were healthy and gorgeous- but mine were not tinged with any tan or pink and were instead a pure white. But they were beautiful!

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              5.0

              Beautiful!!

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              from South Carolina

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                Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

                I ordered this pretty dahlia last summer ...It bloomed from June till November!! Beautiful cut flowers which last a week after I cut them! The color is a beautiful cream shade the name fits the color~Blooms are huge~This is one that you will love in your garden of dahlias

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                I forgot I even bought these!

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                from MA

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                • Never saw a plant. All the other dalias great.

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                    Comments about American Meadows Cafe Au Lait Dinner Plate Dahlia:

                    I planted these with some older dalia bulbs that I had from a previous year. These never even came up.

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