Dahlias are one of the best garden plants for growing for use as cut flowers. Not only to they have an outstanding vase life, but they provide a season-long supply of spectacular blooms from mid summer right through to the first frosts. You can cut your dahlias regularly to enjoy in the home – the more you pick, the more they keep coming!
Of course, they look great in the garden as well, producing endless blooms on strong bushy plants that provide structure and interest at a height. These versatile plants look fitting in virtually any kind of planting scheme, from mixed country-style borders, to tropical or contemporary schemes. If you don’t have borders, choose dwarf varieties and they’ll grow happily in pots.
Dahlia flowers not only look good, but they provide a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies too. There’s a huge choice of different types to choose from with flowers in various forms and a spectrum of colours. While all dahlias are good for cutting, some types are particularly so, with long stems and extra large blooms that will dazzle in any indoor posy.
Tips on how to cut and arrange dahlias
- Cut the blooms regularly to display indoors while they’re looking their best. The more you cut, the more will grow. Those that are left on the plant should be deadheaded as soon as they’re over to help keep fresh blooms coming.
- The best time to cut dahlias is in the morning while they’re still cool.
- Snip the stems horizontally across base of the stalk, just above where it meets the main stem and leaf nodes. You can then snip the flower stalk down to the right length when arranging.
- Put the ends of the freshly-cut flowers into a container with very hot water for up to an hour before arranging, this treatment will help them to last even longer in the vase. Transfer them straight away to a prepared vase of cool water afterwards.
- Remove any foliage from the stems before arranging to avoid them decaying in the water.
- Change the water in the vase every couple of days to help keep the flowers fresh for longer.
- Ensure all the stems are the same length before arranging. You can create a cottage-style bouquet by bunching them together with other summer flowers, or go for a more contemporary look and keep it simple with single-stem or single variety arrangements.
Read the rest of my guest post, the best dahlias for cut flowers, on Farmer Gracy’s blog –>