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Dahlia: Dahlia Summer Sunset

Dahlia: Dahlia Summer From late summer to early fall, 'Summer Sunset' dahlia produces striking velvety-purple flowers above bright-green foliage. This dahlia's large blooms are held on long, strong stems that are great for cutting. Like other decorative dahlias, the petals are uniformly arranged and rolled. Dahlia tender-perennial bulb purple finely cut leaves, upright, shrubby finely cut leaves medium-green finely cut leaves 119 fall summer 135 130 6.0 6.0 tender-perennial bulb Caterpillars, slugs, snails, aphids, gray mold verticillium wilt, fusarium, and dahlia mosaic virus may occur. 8 10 Summer Sunset 24 36 12 18 ornamental sage wormwood and canna lily Maintain soil moisture all season. Feed weekly with an all-purpose fertilizer (5-10-5), following label directions. 0 Handpick caterpillars, slugs, and snails. Spread diatomaceous earth around plants to discourage slugs. Regularly hose off aphids with a directed stream of water or apply insecticidal soap, following label directions. To control gray mold and mosaic virus, remove diseased foliage and flowers or entire plants if severely diseased. To control verticillium wilt and fusarium, reduce soil moisture or remove and destroy severely infected plants. Avoid planting dahlias in the same place year after year to reduce risk of verticillium wilt and fusariam. In mild climates (Zones 8?10), dahlia tubers may be left in the ground year-round. In colder climates, carefully lift tubers after the first fall frost blackens the foliage. Store them in a cool spot (40°F) in shallow boxes of peat or sand, covered so only the stems poke out. Like many other great colorful plants?fuchsias and cosmos, for example?the dahlia is a New World plant that originated in Mexico. It was cultivated and probably improved by the Aztecs for generations before Spanish explorers first saw it in the 16th century. The American Dahlia Society currently recognizes 17 distinct categories of dahlias on the basis of flower shape. Plant in compost-rich, well-drained beds or containers in spring when soil has warmed. To avoid piercing tubers, insert support stakes in soil before planting. Set tubers 4?6 inches deep and at least 2 feet apart. Water after planting, and mulch to conserve moisture. 0 For garden plants, pinch out center growing point early in the season to encourage bushiness. For exhibition-quality blooms, pinch out some side shoots and buds to encourage fewer but larger blooms. Stake to support bushy plants and heavy flowers. fertile, well drained 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 > 0 0 0 0 decorative dahlia
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