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Sunflowers for Ukraine

Welcome to Firefly Farm & Mercantile. We are a small family business near La Crosse, WI. We specialize in open-pollinated seeds and have close to 1,000 options at any given time. We love bulbs and that is our first passion. So no matter the season we have garden bulbs for you. We ship all over the US and to many countries throughout the world.

Just like many of you, we wanted a way to help the people impacted by the war going on in Ukraine. Sunflowers are the national flower for Ukraine and we will be donating $1 for every seed packet to causes that support the refugees.

We will do this for all of 2022, starting with our first donation April 1st and will continue to do that each month.

Sunflowers are very easy to grow and we carry an assortment that is knee high all the way to over 12 feet. You really cannot go wrong, the only major need they have is full sun. Sunflowers lover the sun!

Dahlias Have Arrived

Dahlias to Fall In Love With

'Lizzi' Melody Dahlia (Decorative - Great for Pots) $5.99
'Lizza' Melody Dahlias are great for containers and edges of borders. Their 16" height makes them easy to care for and place on patios and porches. No need to pinch back as they stay compact right from the start. Get a head start on spring by starting them 2-3 months before your last frost and they will bloom right into fall.  We provide them in clumps the majority of the time. Sometimes they will be stand alone with necks and eyes depending on the season’s harvest.   Characteristics 16” tall (Many people pinch back to encourage a bushier, shorter plant) Blooms are 2-3” wide USDA Zones 8-10 (Hardy in these zones, lift and store in winter in other zones) Summer to Fall Bloom Duration: Continuous Blooms through frost starting in mid to late summer Full Sun to Partial Shade Additional Information Great for Containers and Borders Great for butterflies and other pollinators Ships starting in mid to late March Key Planting Tips Plant in full sun crown 1-2” below the soil.  Space ball dahlias about 2’ apart from any neighbor. Plant when the soil is 60 degrees, well past any frost danger. Dahlias love soil that is close to neutral and do well in slightly acidic or slightly alkaline soils.You can amend soil with 10-10-10 or something similar. Just make sure the first number (nitrogen) is 5 or 10. You can fertilize every 4 weeks to help achieve large blossoms. Don’t water until the Dahlia sprouts. If your soil is very dry, water the soil first and then let it stand for 30 minutes before planting. Mulch around your plant leaving bare dirt directly above the tuber.
Creme de Cassis Dahlia (Decorative or Semi-Dinnerplate) from $5.99 $9.99
Creme De Cassis Dahlia (Decorative) Our Creme De Cassis Dahlia is a beautiful lilac color that is rare for dahlias and rare to find in summer and fall gardens. It will grace your gardens and welcome your guests with their bountiful and gorgeous blooms. We provide them in clumps the majority of the time. Sometimes they will be stand alone with necks and eyes depending on the season’s harvest.   Decorative Dahlias are wonderful plants that provide structure and color to any garden with minimal effort. They do rather well in the middle to back of your beds or even in stand-alone rows. They reward gardeners with an abundance of blooms starting in mid to late summer through frost.  Typically they are not bothered by diseases and have attractive foliage until frost.  Characteristics 32-40” tall Blooms are 4-6” wide USDA Zones 8-10 (Hardy in these zones, lift and store in winter in other zones) Summer to Fall Bloom Duration: Continuous Blooms through frost starting in mid to late summer Full Sun Additional Information Great for Mass Plantings, Borders, and Cutting Gardens. Great for butterflies and other pollinators Ships starting in mid to late March (weather dependent) Key Planting Tips Plant in full sun with tuber 6-7” deep with the crown 1-2” below the soil.  Space Decorative dahlias about 3’ apart from any neighbor. Plant when the soil is 60 degrees, well past any frost danger. Dahlias love soil that is close to neutral and do ok in slightly acidic or slightly alkaline. You can amend soil with 10-10-10 or something similar. Just make sure the first number (nitrogen) is 5 or 10. You can fertilize every 4 weeks to help achieve large blossoms. Don’t water until the Dahlia sprouts. If your soil is very dry, water the soil first and then let it stand for 30 minutes before planting. Mulch around your plant leaving bare dirt directly above the tuber. You will see sprouts in 7-10 days.   Photo Credit belongs to Ray Yaro, England.  Flickr Username Rayyaro
‘Franz Kakfa' Dahlia (Ball) from $7.99 $9.99
‘Franz Kakfka’ Dahlias will add wonderful architectial interest to your garden.  The purple shaped globe shaped blossoms will provide a sense of whimsy and beauty. We provide them in clumps the majority of the time. Sometimes they will be stand alone with necks and eyes depending on the season’s harvest.   Ball Dahlias are wonderful plants that provide structure and continuous color to any garden with minimal effort. They reward gardeners with an abundance of blooms starting in mid to late summer through frost.  Typically they are not bothered by diseases and have attractive foliage until frost.  You can also use in a container. Simply pinch back the shoots after about 3-4 weeks to encourage branching.  Characteristics 30-50” tall (Many people pinch back to encourage a bushier, shorter plant) Blooms are 1-4” wide USDA Zones 8-10 (Hardy in these zones, lift and store in winter in other zones) Summer to Fall Bloom Duration: Continuous Blooms through frost starting in mid to late summer Full Sun to Partial Shade Additional Information Great for Mass Plantings, Borders, and Cutting Gardens. Great for butterflies and other pollinators Ships starting in mid to late March Key Planting Tips Plant in full sun crown 1-2” below the soil.  Space ball dahlias about 2’ apart from any neighbor. Plant when the soil is 60 degrees, well past any frost danger. Dahlias love soil that is close to neutral and do well in slightly acidic or slightly alkaline soils.You can amend soil with 10-10-10 or something similar. Just make sure the first number (nitrogen) is 5 or 10. You can fertilize every 4 weeks to help achieve large blossoms. Don’t water until the Dahlia sprouts. If your soil is very dry, water the soil first and then let it stand for 30 minutes before planting. Mulch around your plant leaving bare dirt directly above the tuber.
‘Red Cap' Dahlia (Ball) from $7.99 $9.99
‘Red Cap’ Dahlias are exquisite in the landscape. Almost perfectly red round balls sit atop lush green foliage. These are very popular in cutting gardens. We provide them in clumps the majority of the time. Sometimes they will be stand alone with necks and eyes depending on the season’s harvest.   Ball Dahlias are wonderful plants that provide structure and continuous color to any garden with minimal effort. They reward gardeners with an abundance of blooms starting in mid to late summer through frost.  Typically they are not bothered by diseases and have attractive foliage until frost.  You can also use in a container. Simply pinch back the shoots after about 3-4 weeks to encourage branching.  Characteristics 30-50” tall (Many people pinch back to encourage a bushier, shorter plant) Blooms are 1-4” wide USDA Zones 8-10 (Hardy in these zones, lift and store in winter in other zones) Summer to Fall Bloom Duration: Continuous Blooms through frost starting in mid to late summer Full Sun to Partial Shade Additional Information Great for Mass Plantings, Borders, and Cutting Gardens. Great for butterflies and other pollinators Ships starting in mid to late March Key Planting Tips Plant in full sun crown 1-2” below the soil.  Space ball dahlias about 2’ apart from any neighbor. Plant when the soil is 60 degrees, well past any frost danger. Dahlias love soil that is close to neutral and do well in slightly acidic or slightly alkaline soils.You can amend soil with 10-10-10 or something similar. Just make sure the first number (nitrogen) is 5 or 10. You can fertilize every 4 weeks to help achieve large blossoms. Don’t water until the Dahlia sprouts. If your soil is very dry, water the soil first and then let it stand for 30 minutes before planting. Mulch around your plant leaving bare dirt directly above the tuber.

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