I love Dahlias. They come in a multitude of colors, are easy to grow from seed, and best of all they develop tubers throughout the growing season that can be lifted and saved for planting out the following year.
This year I bought a packet of dahlia seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I chose to grow Dahlia Unwin’s Mix. These dahlias should grow to about 24 inches tall and mix well in my cutting flower border. I planted early this year in hopes of having larger plants to set out after our frost date. The seedlings are doing very well. They have been transplanted into larger pots; I use the large size solo drinking cups.
I have placed them in my sunniest window and they are thriving. Each day, they lean toward the sunshine, soaking up the warmth and chlorophyll producing rays. Because they do develop a tendency to lean, I must remember to turn them a quarter turn clockwise each day. To help me with this I place a small magic marker dot on the top of each pot so I can keep the whole flat turned in the proper direction.
I can’t wait to see the beautiful colors and blossoms in a few months from now. If you would like to grow dahlias for yourself some good tips can be found here: How to grow Dahlias from seed