Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday-D For Dahlia

ABC Wednesday prompts with the letter 'D' this week. D is Dahlia. The photos of this beautiful flowers were taken during the trip to Europe…

 Dahlia

Dahlia is a flowering plant with about 30, 000 species. Dahlia come in a wide array of sizes and forms from as low as 12 inches to as tall as 8 feet with flowers ranging from half-inch to giant sizes. The blooms are curvaceous, spiky with single or double forms. There are white, red, orange, yellow, pink, dark purple and some are two tones color as the picture above. Dahlias is easy to grow except in cold conditions or extreme hot dry weather, it is not easy to survive in Singapore. But it is a very common garden flowering plants in other Asia countries. Dahlias can propagate or multiply from seeds, root division or cuttings. Dahlias grow and bloom well in pot but it needs an area that has a minimum of six hours of sunlight. Well-draining, rich and fertile soil that is slightly acidic is a must for growing dahlias. Dahlias cannot abide soggy roots I have tried growing potted Dahlia many years ago, it soon died cause by some diseases or insects.  Such as Mealy bugs, those look like little white tufts of cotton, hide undersides of leaves or on stems at the apex of leaf joins, once the plants attacks by this Mealy bugs, it is difficult to survive… Now, we seldom find Dahlias plants sold in the local nursery here. But the beautiful flowers are really worth for all the hard work in growing this plant. I will try to grow again if I can get the baby plants… Dahlia

Dahlia

16 comments:

Gramma Ann said...

Your choice for D Day is very beautiful. I too think Dahlias are lovely flowers. A very Delightful and colorful post today.

☺lani☺ said...

Now I know, Dahlia is the name... thanks for featuring!

Roger Owen Green said...

Lovely flower. There used to be an ice cream shop called Dahlia's in town; DEFUNCT, alas.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, THANK YOU for participating.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful choice for the D Day! And such gorgeous flowers Dahlias are! Terrific captures, love the colors! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Hood Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous variety of colors!

Have a great week!

Hood Photo Blog

photowannabe said...

Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. Your pictures are so beautiful. They would make perfect notecards.

Leo said...

lovely photographs.. the dahlias are beautiful.. :)

and the post is very informative too!

MorningAJ said...

Dahlias always look smart. These are lovely

Petrus said...

You've some lovely photographs here ..

Leslie: said...

Gorgeous dahlias!

Vernz said...

I love this flower, they're big and distinct ... lovely D.

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Jama said...

I love the yellow dahlias best.

Mrs. M @ TLC said...

Wow, beautiful collection of dahlia flowers. Love the colors!

mrsnesbitt said...

A beautiful post!
My grandad grew dahlias!

jay said...

I rather like dahlias - I grew some last summer almost exactly the same as those pale yellow ones and I loved them. They did quite well (unusual for me) and one even survived the winter! Amazing.

Mom vs. the boys said...

those are gorgeous!!!