Dahlia Cafe au Lait
Dahlia CAFE AU LAIT
One of the hottest plants on the planet and undisputedly the worlds popular Dahlia. Cafe Au Lait, with her highly variable shades of coffee through lemon with hints of pink makes it a highly desirable flower coveted by florists and gardeners alike.
- HEIGHT: 150+cm
- WIDTH: 50+cm
- SUPPLIED AS: Dormant Tuber Clump. (Not individual tuber)
- PLANT DEPTH: 5cm deep
- PLANT SPACING: 40cm (Cut flower) - 100cm (Long term garden bed)
- PLANTING WINDOW: November - January
- FLOWERING TIME: November - May
- GROWING ZONES: Australia wide. Tropics best grown in winter.
- CUT FLOWER: Yes
- FRAGRANT: No
All out Dahlia are in stock, ready to ship. All have been grown from our virus tested mother stock.
For best performance when planting your Dahlia select a position that is free draining, in either the full sun or part shade. Using a fork, prepare the ground to a depth of 25cm, ensuring the soil is light and friable. The tuber should be planted no deeper than 5cm below the soil surface, top dressing with a couple of handfuls of cow or sheep manure and a bed of mulch.
Dahlias flower from late spring to early summer right through until the first frosts for your area send them into their dormancy, often blooming for a good 6mths of the year. They are exceptional cut flowers, and make a brilliant addition to any picking garden.
Dahlias can be harvested and divided over the winter months when they are in their dormancy. It is important to wait for the plant to fully die down prior to harvesting. You can then share with friends or spread to new positions around the garden.
In Victoria, we plant the majority of our Dahlia crop in early summer from LATE NOVEMBER through until LATE DECEMBER. Why? Planting earlier risks the late spring rains, which can cause the tubers to rot in the ground before they have the opportunity to begin to root. Our tubers are small clumps, plump and ready to perform to their best. They in general, have not been divided, and a skilled grower can often split the clump into two. This being said, each variety is different, and as such the size of the individual tuber clumps will vary. You can not compare a sedan to a truck :-)