How to Impress your Friends: Grow Dinner Plate Dahlias in Your Garden!

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Dinner Plate Dahlias

Why not make a statement in your garden this year and grow some stunning Dinner Plate Dahlias?

Dinner Plate Dahlias are so called because of their size. Believe it or not, they can grow up to 14 inches in diameter!

A very small amount of effort is required to grow these Dahlias, and the results can be very impressive. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener. By following my simple tips below, I believe that anyone with a love of beautiful flowers can be very successful at growing Dinner Plate Dahlias.

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Big, Bold and Beautiful!

There are over 30 varieties of Dahlias. The Dinner Plate variety is still a lesser known one.

Dinner Plate Dahlias are big, bold and beautiful. They are guaranteed to be a talking point with your friends and family.

Visitors to my garden have been impressed with my magnificent Dahlia blooms. I may have just neglected to mention that these Dahlias are the Dinner Plate variety and therefore their size and beauty was not entirely due to my green fingered touch!

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Great Tips For Success

Dahlias grow from tubers which should be planted as soon as the soil warms up in May/June time.

Dahlias require very little maintenance. If you follow these simple steps then you should be rewarded with magnificent flowers until October!

1) Give them a cane for support

2) Remember to “dead head” them

3) Spoil them with an occasional plant feed

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Get Ready for Next Year

1) Dig up the tubers at the end of the season and allow them to dry out thoroughly

2) Brush the tubers with a toothbrush to remove any surplus soil particles and to prevent mould from growing

3) Wrap them individually in newspaper and store in a box in a dry place through the winter

4) Plant out the tubers again the following Spring for another wonderful display!


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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Beautiful flowers..I will have to see if they can withstand the Texas heat..I love my garden and flowers and always looking for unique ones..Thanks for the beautiful pictures and great hub.

Sunnie


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie Day, hopefully you can grow them in Texas, they like the sun in the morning and prefer shade as the day goes on, they don't mind the heat! Thank you as always for calling in and your lovely comments.


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David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

Stunning! Will see how they like Northern Nevada, my deck has morning sun and afternoon shade soo maybe... Voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi David, nice to see you, hope life is good in Nevada today, I reckon these dahlias will be quite happy there, they are so easy to grow and look like prize winners! thanks for dropping by and voting up, take care.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Not only am I envious of your photography (the pictures are beautiful) but of the flowers in your garden as well. They are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this great hub!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Ok Dexter, you have made my day, I am such a fan of your photography! I value your comments and love your compliments! have a great day yourself and see you soon!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Dahlia stew, Dahlia soup, are there recipes? Just kidding. Beautiful flowers. Great Hub. Dahlia's look like they could compliment Sunflowers.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mckbirdbks, recipes would be good!! Yes I reckon they would look great with Sunflowers, they would make quite a stunning display. Have a great day, take care.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

The dahlias are gorgeous and your pictures are so beautiful. I don't think these grow in norther FL but I would love to look out and see them in my yard. Great hub, rated beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Pamela, i wish you could grow them, they are a delight! feel free to drop by anytime and enjoy mine! thanks for your lovely comments.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Movie Mater - thanks for the link! I grow a yellow dinner plate dahlia out front. Even the kids pause on their way home from school in September to look at them. They are so luminous! You can spot them from way up the street. Lovely flowers and lovely pictures.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dolores, your welcome, I love your hub. That's great to hear you grow a yellow one, it's a beauty as you said it's quite luminous! it's nice to meet you and thanks for your lovely comments, hope we meet up again soon!


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Hey, simply beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mimi, aren't they stunning, my pride and joy! thanks for calling by.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

How beautiful your photos are! I seem to have a little trouble with dahlias, but now that you've highlighted this dinner plate variety I may have to try again. Thanks for sharing!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi RTalloni, it's nice to meet you, this variety need little attention, I hope you have some success with them. I see you enjoy your gardening, so just popping over to your place to enjoy your flowers!


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breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Voted up & beautiful.

Do you have climate zone information for these gorgeous flowers? I wonder if they would thrive on the Gulf Coast or not. :D I enjoy flowers immensely, these would look great in my back and side yards!

Thank you for sharing.

BTW, what does "dead head" mean, exactly?

Thank you!

Warmest regards~


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi BTW, Dahlias originated in Mexico, they are easy to grow, not too particular about the type of soil, but they do love sunshine, a minimum of 5 hours produce the best blooms, here in the UK we can have some very dull and wet days, but they still kept blooming for me! Dead heading is cutting off all the dead flowers. Good luck hope you have some success!


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breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

The Dahlias should thrive here, then! Thank you. :)


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teacherfidel 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Can dahlias grow in more tropical countries? The flower is not that well known in our country, so I doubt that many people grow them here.

And sorry if it's a dumb question, but what do you mean by the 2nd tip "Remember to “dead head” them"?


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

FYI I have put bulbs in the ground. Should be interesting!!!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teacherfidel, nice to see you here, dahlias thrive in heat and sun, they originated in Mexico, and will grow in most soil types, so worth a try! Dead heading is just cutting off the flowers when they start dying so all the goodness goes to feeding the new blooms. Take care and thanks for your comments.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mckbirdbks, thanks for the update, I am pretty excited for you, I will expect regular updates, so keep me posted!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, how I love these dahlias! You have an exquisite garden. I am passionate about gardening and have so much to learn. So I bookmark all of your hubs, which are full of beauty and super information. Thank you a million times, and I am off to buy some of these beauties. How marvelous that I can keep them in newspaper in the fall and have them ready to plant next year! UP and every button!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi vocalcoach, it's just lovely to see you here today admiring my dahlias! I love writing about my garden and the beautiful plants I grow, so I felt quite emotional reading your words of appreciation, thank you so so much. Keep me updated on the progress of your dahlias!


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Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

I want to grow these. They are stunning.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosie, yes they really are stunning, I hope you manage to grow some, they become quite a talking point with visitors!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments.


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Vanadis 5 years ago from Barcelona

Wow! These are amazing. Great pictures too. I'd love to try growing these but don't think they'd survive life here in the Mediterranean..worth a try perhaps!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vanadis, they really do make an eye catching display and come in fabulous bright colours.

Easy to grow, they aren't fussy about the type of soil and they can stand lots of sunshine, worth giving them a go, good luck!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, enjoy your day!


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

Gorgeous flowers! I've always loved dahlias.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Felicity, I agree dahlias are gorgeous, this dinner plate variety is quite breathtaking!

Thank you for visiting my garden, and your comments it's much appreciated, take care.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Your dahlias are just beautiful! I've loved them ever since my mother grew them, but haven't tried growing them myself. I wonder how they would do in the hot, humid weather of North Carolina? It isn't a flower that I see here very often. Rated up and beautiful!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Stephanie, Dahlias love the sunshine, they originated in Mexico, I think they may well be suited to your hot, humid climate. I hope you can have some success with them.

Thank you for your comments and votes, take care MM


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

Movie Master Hi. Oh my your dahlias look absolutely beautiful.

I have never seen or heard of a dinner plate dahlia until now.

We have just purchased a mini dahlia,it's lovely,but would love to grow one like you have in our new garden.

The colors and photographs are spectacular.

Thank you for sharing and the advice on how to achieve such results when growing dahlias.:):)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello oliversmum, thank you so much for dropping by, I hope you are enjoying your new home and garden. I love growing dahlias and this one is a beauty, I hope you manage to find some to grow!

Take care, best wishes Lesley


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Oh my God, these are so beautiful. Your loves for flowers is awesome. God Bless You Dear Heart.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello stars, thank you for visiting my garden, the dinner plate dahlias are real 'beauties' they look so impressive, yet are easy to grow!

Many thanks for your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So truly beautiful Lesley and also very interesting as always .

You always give each hub you create 100%;

Thanks for sharing each gem.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, thank you for visiting, your support and comments mean a great deal to me.

Enjoy your weekend too, best wishes Lesley


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Lesley,

Your photos and the information about the dinner plate dahlias is interesting. When we lived in Wisconsin

Rapids, Wisconsin for 4 years back in the 1970's, an older lady who had perennial flowers blooming from early spring until late fall gave me some dahlia tubers which produced the most beautiful flowers. They were not as large as the ones called "dinner plate", but gorgeous! I don't see them growing much in Houston, Texas. Odd...since they originally came from Mexico (reading your comment section). Will keep an eye out for them in the nurseries. Voted up, beautiful, useful and sharing with others.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Missed this when it first came out but with Peggy W.'s recommendation to followers I'm thrilled that I came upon it in time to plant some of these gorgeous flowers this spring.

I love the simple instructions you gave in this hub and the photos are so inspirational!

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I have tried to grow them but when I pull them out in the Spring their no good. Good information on your hub. Maybe I'll try again and take you advice. Voted Up


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy, the 'dinner plate' variety is a lesser known dahlia, which is probably why it's my favourite - my visitors are always impressed when they see it growing in my garden!!

Dahlias are quite happy in a hot climate, so hopefully you should have some success in Texas, I hope you manage to find some in the nurseries, fingers crossed for a dahlia hub from you in the summer!!

Thank you for your comments, votes and sharing, It's much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gail, I'm so pleased you came on Peggy's recommendation - and also that you intend on planting some dinner plate dahlia's!

I hope you have a wonderful display in the summer and we will see some photos!

Thank you for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi moonlake, I hope you have more success with your dahlia's this year, fingers crossed you will get a wonderful display!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care Lesley


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

My next door neighbor was the gardener for our duplex, but he last month after removing last year's plants and such, so I'm definitely looking something easy to grow. Will give Dinner Plate Dahlias a try and see what happens.

Would you please explain "dead heading"? I think I know what it entails, but am not quite sure. Thanks!

Voted up, useful and awesome! ;D


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi JamaGenee, 'dead heading' is removing all the flowers as they die off, it enables the plant to focus on and feed the new growth.

I hope you have success with growing some dahlias this year, enjoy!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

MM, thanks for explaining dead heading, which is what I thought it was.

I just read your reply to Sunnie Day that DPDs like morning sun and afternoon shade. That describes perfectly the flower bed I intend to plant them in.

I'm also glad to know they don't mind heat, because (like Texas) it gets plenty hot here in Central OK. In fact, even though it's only the end of March, the ground is probably warm enough already. Guess I should get to a nursery or garden store ASAP! ;D


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi JamaGenee, thanks for coming back - yes the dahlia doesn't mind the heat, but does like a bit of shade, it sounds as though you might have the ideal spot for them!

Good luck with your planting, let me know how you get on! Best wishes Lesley

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