Dahlia Care Guide

By Alisha Bredbrenner

Dahlia flowers are a symbol of grace and kindness that make for beautiful additions to any garden or home. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, so you are sure to find a dahlia that appeals to you. With a few simple tips in mind, caring for these unique spring flowers is a breeze, especially in the summertime!


Dahlias require at least six to eight hours of full sunlight a day. If you live in a hotter climate, be sure to place them in a partially shaded area during peak afternoon hours to avoid burning the plant.


Dahlias, unlike many other flowers, do not require a lot of water. If you live in an area where there's summer rainfall, that usually is enough for the plant to survive. Otherwise, water deeply once or twice a week. You'll want to make sure that the soil is always moist - if you notice that the top layer is dry, that's a sign that the plant is in need of water.


Soil temperature is key to the healthy growth of dahlias. Be sure to plant these flowers in ground temperatures of 60° F or warmer (you can check with a metal thermometer). Keep in mind that dahlias tend to struggle in cold soil (less than 50° F) so you'll want to wait until spring or early summer to plant them.