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Shipping and Planting Your Dahlias


Your plants are shipped in specially packed containers to protect them in transit. They are shipped USPS Priority Mail and will arrive in 1-3 days after the date that you specify during the check-out process.

We ship on the following dates in 2017: March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22.

These dates are Mondays. Your plants will arrive Tuesday in the West, Wednesday in the Central & Mid-West, and Thursday in the East.


The day your dahlias arrive they should be removed from their shipping containers and placed in a warm bright area, out of direct sunlight.

They will need water daily as long as they are held in their rooting cells.

They can be held for 5-7 days in their rooting cells, but will require water daily. If you wish to hold them longer before planting they can be potted into 3 or 4 inch pots for up to a month.

If you hold your plants for more than a few days they should be fed with a dilute solution of water soluble fertilizer every 5-7 days.

Plant your dahlias into well prepared, moist soil.

Planting is best done on a cool day or in the late afternoon after it has begun to cool down. There also must be no threat of frost.

Carefully remove the plants from their rooting trays, keeping the entire root system and rooting cell intact and set the plants in the soil up to their first pair of leaves.

We recommend that the initial watering be done with a dilute solution of water soluble fertilizer.
Be sure to place the pre-printed pot tag along side of your plant for future identification reference.

Water the plants thouroughly at the time of planting.

Water them every day for the first 7-10 days after planting to ensure quick establishment.

If you experience hot weather in the first week after planting, they may need daily water and afternoon misting or shade protection.

After they well rooted into your soil you can water them weekly or less, depending on your soil conditions. You should see blooms 70-90 days after planting.