Deadheading and Harvesting Late Season Dahlias in the Cut Flower Garden

I’ve had a really rough time of growing dahlias this year. After several really strong storms, nearly the entire patch had been flattened. Undoubtedly, the whole thing has been an extremely valuable learning experience. Next time, I’ll stake them much better. Let’s take a closer look at some of the dahlia flowers that I’ve been cutting. 

The unique looking bloom above is the BJ’s Dusty Rose dahlia. I was really drawn to this one for its neat tinted color, which I would best describe as a blend of pink and lavender.

Check out this gross looking bucket of lavender perfection dahlia. I’m not sure how I actually feel about this variety. As you can see from the photo, the color is absolutely surreal. In my garden, these have shown to be a very true purple color – which can be very hard to come by sometimes. However, none of the flowers have fully opened. Really disappointing. I think I’ll keep these around another season to see how they perform.

The larger orange in the right of this bucket are the David Howard dahlias. I know that I’ve shown these before, but I just think they’re so beautiful. Unfortunately, the other blooms in this bucket weren’t labeled.

Another batch of unlabeled dahlia blooms. I really wish I would have done a better job of making sure that everything was labeled. I realize that I tend to be much more carefree than most other farmers.

Above is Wyn’s King Salmon dahlia. This one is actually one of the very few cactus types, or semi-cactus(?) that I grow. I can’t wait to start multiplying this one next year.

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