'Dora' 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.
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
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.