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Dahlia Care: Enhance the Beauty of Your Bouquets 

Dahlias, with their dazzling array of colours, shapes, and sizes, add unparalleled drama and vibrancy to any bouquet. From delicate "pompom" dahlias to giant "dinner plate" blooms, there's a dahlia to suit every taste. Here's a guide from KS Flowers on maximising the lifespan of your dahlia bouquets, ensuring they grace your home with their spectacular beauty for as long as possible. 

Choosing the Freshest Dahlias 

Your dahlia care journey begins with selecting a fresh and vibrant bouquet. Look for:
  • A Mix of Buds and Blooms: Choose dahlias with a few open flowers and several tight buds for a long-lasting display.
  • Vibrant Colour: Opt for richly saturated colours and avoid any with faded or discoloured petals.
  • Healthy Stems and Leaves: Look for sturdy stems (though they are naturally hollow) with vibrant leaves and no signs of wilting or damage.
Pro Tip: Always choose your dahlias from a reputable florist like KS Flowers, where the flowers receive expert handling and optimal freshness is guaranteed.

Dahlia Care at Home 

  • Clean Vase: Thoroughly wash your vase with warm, soapy water to eliminate bacteria that can shorten flower lifespan.
  • Fresh Cut & Sear: Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, removing about an inch off the bottom. Quickly sear the cut ends by dipping them in boiling water for about 30 seconds or holding them over a flame briefly. This helps prevent stem blockage and improves water uptake.
  • Hydration is Key: Fill your vase with cool, clean water.
  • Flower Food: Add flower food to the water to provide essential nutrients and help your dahlias last longer.
  • Cool Location: Keep your dahlia bouquet away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. They prefer a cool, slightly shaded spot.

Additional Tips for Long-Lasting Dahlias 

  • Change the Water Frequently: Replace the vase water every couple of days to prevent bacteria build-up.
  • Recur the Stems: Periodically re-trim the stems at an angle and sear the ends again to maintain optimal water uptake.

Enjoy Your Beautiful Dahlias! 

With proper care, your dahlia bouquet can bring its spectacular colours and eye-catching forms into your home for several days, or sometimes longer. 

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History of Dahlias 

  • Aztec Origins: Dahlias originated in the mountains of Mexico and Central America, where they were cultivated by the Aztecs for centuries. They were used for food (the tubers), medicine, and ornamental purposes.
  • European Introduction: Spanish explorers brought dahlias back to Europe in the late 18th century. Initially, the blooms were simple and less showy than modern varieties.
  • Victorian Breeding Boom: Dahlias experienced an explosion of popularity during the Victorian era. Intensive breeding efforts led to the incredible diversity of shapes, sizes, and colours we enjoy today.
  • Symbolism: Dahlias hold rich symbolism, often representing dignity, elegance, inner strength, commitment, and positive change.

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Dahlias 

National Flower of Mexico: Dahlias hold the esteemed position of Mexico's national flower, showcasing their deep cultural significance.
  • Mind-Boggling Variety: Dahlias come in an astonishing range of colours (except true blue), shapes, and sizes. From tiny "pompom" blooms to the massive "dinner plate" varieties, there's truly a dahlia for everyone!
  • Unique Flower Forms: Dahlias are classified into groups based on their flower shapes, including cactus-flowered (spiky petals), ball (rounded), water lily (flatter blooms), decorative (full, fluffy), and many more!
  • Edible Tubers: While primarily grown for their flowers now, dahlia tubers were a food source for the Aztecs and are still eaten in some parts of Mexico.

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