Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jane Webb Loudon: Dahlias

Jane Webb Loudon's rendering of dahlias shows several species with names we used when I was growing up: dinnerplate (left), single (top), pompons (right), ball (bottom).

A few facts about Jane Webb Loudon

A few facts about dahlias
1. The plants grow from tubers, which may remain in the ground in areas where there is not frost. The rest of us dig them up and store them in a dark, dry place not frequented by rodents! Or we leave them in the ground to "compost".
2. Growing dahlias successfully requires conditions and methods similar to growing tomatoes.
3. Dahlias usually grow well without chemical pesticides.
4. Yellow and white colors are favored in dahlia competitions.
5. Propagating dahlias may be done by seeds, tubers, or cuttings. I think tubers are the most reliable, but more adventuresome (and diligent) gardeners than I might try cuttings.

1 comment:

  1. So that's what they look like. I saw a photo online today of a bouquet of them, and wasn't sure what they were. Don't believe they grow here, but again, not sure about that either. The intricate blossoms are wonderful. :)