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Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia

 

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'Thomas Edison' Dinner Plate Dahlia produces large, vibrant-purple blooms up to 8” across. With fully double flowers in a unique, electric shade, this dahlia makes a bold statement when planted in groups of 5 or more. Excellent as a cut flower and used in many wedding bouquets and arrangements. (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 69DAHL3

Plant Information

Thomas Edison boasts large, deep purple blooms and creates a gorgeous statement 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 69DAHL3
Common Name Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia
Botanical Name Dinner Plate Dahlia Thomas Edison
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
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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American MeadowsThomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Healthy (7)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Indoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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4.0

Late bloomer but very beautiful

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from Sheboygan Wi

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Indoors

Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

Will use in bouquets and flower arrangements for my daughters wedding.

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  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Dahlia!

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from Honey Brook, Pa.

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Indoors

    Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

    We keep cutting these beautiful dahlias to put in a vase inside and the more you cut, the more that grow again. We have gotten so many comments on how beautiful they are... we couldn't be happier with them!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was prompt just as expected.

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    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lovely deep purple color

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    from Eastern Pennsylvania

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Indoors

      Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

      I grow dahlias to use at cut flowers in the house. Thomas Edison grew well and is producing many blooms. Blooms are mostly 5-6 inches. Absolutely my favorite color this year!! Lovely purple goes well with Lavender Perfection and Snow country.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Deepest, Most Beautiful Purple

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      from Fresno, CA

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

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        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

        First year planting any dahlias and these came out so beautiful. This is a healthy plant with many blooms. The tuber provided a very bushy plant and I look forward to blooms all season! Picture isn't so good, but it shows some of the blooms.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        HUGE AND GORGEOUS!

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        from Des Moines, IA

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Indoors

        Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

        These were so beautiful - I hadn't had much luck with another version, but these were BY FAR the biggest success. Easy to grow, color is exactly as shown, they were enormous, and even though it started slow, once they began blooming they didn't stop!!! Through the fall! We are finally down into the 30s at night (mid November) and while they're on their last life, we STILL have a few pops of color! I wonder if I should have used some sort of stakes to hold them up, but I am 110% satisfied with these. Can't recommend them enough. I started cutting a few off at a time and using as fresh flowers in my home or for birthday presents with a little ribbon around them. Everyone is obsessed.

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        4.0

        excellent

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        from bradento, florida

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

          excellent

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          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Strong growing plant

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          from Madison WI

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          Pros

          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

            Strong vigorous plant growth and large flowers with continuous popping

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            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Huge flower

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            from Framingham,Ma

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            Pros

            • deep purple

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back border

              Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

              very large clean tubers

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely Gorgeous

              By 

              from Indiana

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              Pros

              • BEAUTIFUL

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

                  these are in full bloom right now & are spectacular. The blooms are huge & such a pretty purple. Visitors are in awe.

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                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Dahlia, Thomas Edison

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                  from Dunkerton, IA

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                  Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

                  This is my first try at growing Dahlias. I love having some cut and in a vase in the house. I took some to my sister in a nursing home. Everyone there enjoyed them. Earlier I had trouble with slugs. Now I have something biting the petals. Got rid of the slugs and now trying to figure out what is causing the bites in the petals.

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                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This bulb produced prize winning blooms.

                  By 

                  from Louisville,Ky.

                  Pros

                  • Lovely

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Thomas Edison Dinner Plate Dahlia:

                    This bulb was the least trouble to grow in my flower bed. Will purchase again.

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