Dahlia Vancouver

Dahlia Vancouver

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Dahlias stand out from any flower garden. Regardless of the variety, they are always spectacular and stately. Gardeners especially appreciate dahlias not only for their beauty, but also for their long flowering period. Today, dahlias, bred at the end of the 18th century, have about 30 species and more than 15,000 varieties. Below we look at a fascinating representative of the mixed type of these flowers - the Vancouver Dahlia.

Variety characteristics

The Vancouver dahlia is a decoration for any garden or flower bed. This flower has a rather impressive height - from 100 to 120 cm.At the same time, despite this height, Vancouver has strong and durable stems with dark green dense leaves. Unlike other tall dahlias, the Vancouver variety does not need an additional garter to support it.

The blooming period of Vancouver dahlias begins in July and ends in early or mid September. All this time, beautiful and lush flowers of a lilac color are formed on Vancouver dahlias, which smoothly flows into a milky white shade at the tips of the petals. During complete dissolution, the Vancouver inflorescence can reach a diameter of 20-25 cm. In addition to its extraordinary beauty, the flower exudes a light pleasant smell. Each inflorescence retains its beauty for 2-3 weeks.

Advice! After the flower withers, it must be cut off. This stimulates the formation of new buds.

Dahlias Vancouver look great not only in the garden, but also in a bouquet. Cut flowers are distinguished by their firmness and their freshness will last for 5-7 days.

Growing recommendations

Vancouver dahlias can be propagated both by seed and vegetatively. Most often, gardeners choose the second method, using tubers or harvested cuttings as planting material. When seedling Vancouver, it is worth preparing the seedlings in advance. Seeds are planted for her in March or April.

Advice! Many gardeners sprout dahlia tubers. This technique allows for an earlier flowering.

Dahlias Vancouver are very sensitive to cold weather. Therefore, it is recommended to plant them not earlier than the end of April or the beginning of May. In this case, the landing site must meet the following conditions:

  • be sunny;
  • have a light structure and rich soil composition;
  • be protected from the wind.

Before planting dahlias, it is worth preparing the holes in advance. Each of them should be three times the size of the flower's root system. In most cases, a hole of 40x40 cm will suffice. It is also important that after the roots are immersed in the ground, 5-7 cm remain above them. Manure, compost or nitrophosphate can be placed on the bottom of the hole. Before immersing a Vancouver seedling in the hole, the fertilizer must be slightly mixed with the ground. After planting, the seedlings should be well shed with water and the soil should be mulched.

Further care for Vancouver dahlias will include:

  1. Watering. In this case, it is necessary to focus on the condition of the soil, preventing it from drying out and waterlogging. Without rain, 1-2 waterings per week will be enough for these flowers.
  2. Mulching. This procedure will save the gardener from the need for weeding and loosening the flower bed. In addition, mulch will protect the flowers from slugs.
  3. Top dressing. Fertilize Vancouver every 2 weeks throughout its growth. For best results, mineral fertilizers should be alternated with organic ones. Before the first buds appear, you should use ammonium nitrate, mullein tincture or bird droppings. With the appearance of buds, it is recommended to change these fertilizers to superphosphate or fertilizers containing potassium.
  4. Pruning. Removing excess shoots is necessary for Vancouver dahlias to form larger inflorescences. Due to this, trimmed bushes become more decorative. In addition to extra shoots, some buds should also be removed. It is recommended to leave 1 or 2 buds on each peduncle.

Advice! Cropped Vancouver lower side shoots can be used as cuttings for further planting.

After the end of flowering, Vancouver dahlia tubers must be dug up for winter storage. To do this, in mid-September, when the probability of the first frost appears, the stems of dahlias should be cut off, leaving 15 cm above ground level. After a few days, the tubers of these bushes can be dug up and harvested for the winter at temperatures from +5 to +3 degrees.

You can learn more about how to prepare dahlias for wintering in the video:


Natalia, 34 years old, Kurkovskoe

Vancouver is a very beautiful tall variety of dahlias with a lilac-white color. Before planting, the purchased tubers germinated. Bloomed from late June to September.

Victoria, 45 years old, Protvino

Dahlias Vancouver is perfect for planting along the house and greenhouse. It is also good to plant it with separate flower beds, islands.

Watch the video: Sprouting Dahlia Tubers Before Planting - Planting Dahlia Tubers in Trays (September 2022).

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