Wondering if your Dahlias need staking or not? Then this is the guide for you.
Do Dahlias Need Staking?
This is particularly true of the larger pom-pom-headed dahlias but other types can need staking too.
There are all kinds of Dahlias which can grow to different sizes, if your dahlia is a compact variety then chances are it won’t need any support, if it is a larger type though then it probably will.
That’s the best answer I can give you I’m afraid, there is no one size fits all answer to this question and the truth is “it depends”.
If you don’t know whether to support your Dahlia or not then just keep a close eye on it, particularly when it starts to develop flowers.
If you see it start to sag at all or struggle to support the large flower heads then immediately provide support before they break off.
How To Support Dahlias
You can use all kinds of things to support Dahlias, from the classic bamboo cane to a tomato cage. here are some of my favourite support ideas.
More on Dahlias
Dahlias are simply stunning summer flowers, the pop pop head produces amazing displays. The plant is a member of the Asteraceae family along with daisies, asters and marigolds.
Usually grown from a tuber but they can also be grown from seed. The tubers require special care over winter here in the UK and many growers end up with an almost fanatical devotion to their dahlias.
Despite not being able to survive winter outdoors in most of the UK they actually thrive in our summer conditions. The moderate but wet climate we have is absolutely perfect for them.
Dahlias make the perfect container flower and are commonly grown this way. Growing them in containers also makes preserving the tuber over winter a lot easier.