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Dahlia, Dinnerplate Frost Nip

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One of the best decorative dahlias, raspberry red with pure white tips makes Frost Nip an attention grabber. Late summer blooming will bring new life in your garden after the hot summer. Looks sensational outside and in vase, especially combined with white.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Mar 27, 2017

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Item 83020 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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Dahlia may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost, or grown from potted plants or tubers.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed starting soil
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-20 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow after danger of frost has passed.
  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. The more sun dahlias receive, the more flowers you will get. In hot climates, a bit of shade during the hottest part of the day will protect plants from heat, however.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seed ¼ inch deep.
  • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-20 days.
  • Thin plants to 18-30 inches apart, depending on the variety, when seedlings are 1 inch high.

Planting Dahlia Tubers

  • Plant tubers when you receive them in spring.
  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. The more sun dahlias receive, the more flowers you will get. In hot climates, a bit of shade during the hottest part of the day will protect plants from heat, however.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole six inches deep and wide enough to accommodate the tuber. Place the whole dahlia on its side (do not cut up dahlia tubers).
  • Cover with 2 inches of soil. As the plant grows fill in the hole until it is even with the rest of the garden.
  • For larger varieties inset the stake you will use to support them the same time you plant the tuber to avoid damaging the roots.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. The more sun dahlias receive, the more flowers you will get. In hot climates, a bit of shade during the hottest part of the day will protect plants from heat, however.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • For larger varieties inset the stake you will use to support them the same time you plant the tuber to avoid damaging the roots.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Deadhead regularly to keep plants blooming.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • In the north just after frost kills the foliage, cut back the foliage, dig up the clumps, remove the soil and allow to dry for at least an hour. Do not wash roots. Store them over the winter in paper bags filled with slightly moistened vermiculite in a cool but frost free, well-ventilated location. Check throughout the winter that they do not dry out. For larger flowers do not divide root clumps.
  • When flowering ceases in Zone 8 and south, cut the plants to 6 inches and mulch them. Dig and divide clumps every two to three years to keep them vigorous.
  • Compact bedding dahlias are ideal for container gardens and for edging beds. Use the border types to add height and color to gardens in late summer to fall. Dahlias also make beautiful cut flowers.
  • Gardeners who wish for fewer but larger flowers should disbud their plants.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-48 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Dahlia, Dinnerplate Frost Nip is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9780.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Flowers This was my first time growing a dahlia and these flowers are spectacular. They look just like the photo and are huge! It does need a good support and has produced multiple blooms over the last several weeks. Very happy with it!
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! This variety is the highlight of my dahlia garden this summer. Frost Nip has flourished with a dozen or more gorgeous blooms. My sandy loam, fortified with a good dose of chicken manure compost and regular waterings in this dry summer, has been a great environment for this four foot plant with glossy,dark green leaves and raspberry and white blossoms. Burpee's dahlias have exceeded my expectations. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-08-21
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