Grand Finale Dahlia
Very free-flowering and so lovely!
This dinnerplate Dahlia is out to wow with both flower size and flower number. If you're a dahlia specialist, these are size AA blooms of the giant category. For the rest of us, they're simply enormous -- easily 10 inches wide. You might expect, then, only to see a few flowers per plant, but Grand Finale is a heavy bloomer, giving you the chance to keep some color in the garden while picking the very finest flowers for the vase.
The blooms begin in late summer and continue well into fall (whenever frost sets in) on very well-branched, dense plants 4 feet high. Grand Finale is one of the last dahlias to bloom each year, and you will love the spectacular flourish it gives to the end of the season! Support the huge flowers with plant hoops or stakes; you don't want to miss a minute of the show they put on!
Dahlia is a sun-lover, happiest in rich, well-drained, moist soil. It is hardy only through zone 8 in the north, so you may want to dig it up at season's end and store it indoors to replant in spring. It forms a tuber, and is easy to tuck away in a shoebox filled with clean kitty litter or vermiculite.
Like most Dahlias, Grand Finale needs full sun and benefits from very fertile soil--we recommend a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer once a week throughout June. Keep Grand Finale well-fed and watered, give it plenty of sun, and it will reward you with an abundance of late-season color! Zones 8-10.
|Zone||8 - 10|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Summer - Early Fall|
|PlantWidth||24 in - 2 ft 6 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Double Blooms, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers|
|BloomColor||Burgundy, Dark Magenta, Purple|
|Resistance||Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|