This has been my first season planting my Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, they really do make me happy and I love to fill my vases full of their beautiful flowers for my home. Come and take a look.

Planting

I first planted my Dahlia bulbs in a small pot throughout the winter season and waited until the first day of Spring to plant them in my garden.

They were kept undercover away from any frosts we may get throughout winter.

I planted them in two sections of the garden which are both in a sunny position. The first one was the old veggie patch near the chicken pen. This garden is slightly raised and each garden is surrounded by a boxed hedge border.

The boxed hedge did help protect the Dahlias a little from the hot summer winds.

The second position for some more Dahlias was in the big round garden in the middle of the backyard. Again this meant they would be getting full sun and this garden is also surrounded by a boxed hedge.

When I planted the bulbs I spaced them out with about 30 to 40 cm between them and placed a wooden stake in the ground to support them as they grew.

Conditions your Dahlias will love in the garden

  • Sunny position
  • Plant in Late October and November
  • Well drained soil
  • Protection from winds
  • Plant at depth of 10 to 15cm
  • Water well
  • Fertilise
  • Stake when planting for support

Water & Fertilize

The Dahlias needed a lot of water throughout the summer season, we had some extremely hot days this year and sometimes I had to water up to two or three times a day, taking care to just water the bottom of the plant in the soil so as not to burn the leaves and flowers.

I also fertilized them regularly, mixing in some Seasol in a watering can every couple of weeks. This has ensured the long flowering season I’ve had and the larger Dahlia blooms.

I have been so happy with my Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, this being their very first season in my garden. I really didn’t expect to have so many beautiful flowers blooming.

Being their first season in the ground I don’t think I will be digging them up as is recommended in most places where they experience extreme cold temperatures and frosts.

The Cafe Au Lait Dahlia also attracts lots of bees in the garden, its important to prune off any Dahlia flowers that have finished so as to encourage and make room for more growth and beautiful flowers.

My Cafe Au Lait Dahlias were bought from The Diggers Club in Dromana. Next season I will be looking for another Dahlia to add to my collection.

Planting a Dahlia garden is a great way to spend more time outside, pottering around and just enjoying the outdoors.