Botanical Name: Dahlia pinnata
Native: Mexico and Central America
Hardiness: Perennial (Tender), often grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 3'—4' tall
Variety Information: 5"—6" diameter blooms in varying shades of red, yellow, peach and white with yellow centers
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–70°F. Sow in biodegradable pots; roots are sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 5–20 Days
Seed Depth: 1/4''
Seed Spacing: 3 seeds every 18" to 24"
Thinning: When 2 sets of leaves, thin to 1 every 18" to 24"
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest flowers in the morning and choose flowers with just the outer 2-3 layers of petals open.