Dahlia Coccinea ‘Orange Hybrid'
(5/11/2010) I bought a dormant Dahlia coccinea from Annie’s Annuals in March, placed it a large pot and patiently waited for it to send up shoots. The Dahlia has 3″ to 4″ orange blooms on 5′ tall stalks. Annie had high praise for this variety and I was excited to see the results.
I planted two other varieties of Dahlia in the garden and by April they were both sending up shoots. The Dahlia coccinea – nada. Not a trace of any activity. April passed and I started softly poking the soil to find any sign of life. By early May I was becoming concerned, especially since Annie claimed the variety started blooming in late Spring.
Then today I noticed the first signs of shoots coming up. It will be interesting to see if the Dahlia still produces the profusion of flowers on 5′ stalks when it has taken its sweet time starting out.
(Update July 30, 2010) After wallowing in a long dormancy that extended through a good part of May, the Dahlia came to life. By early June it had reached 2′ in height and begun to set buds.
It’s now July and the plant has grown to full height (about 4′) and is producing some striking orange blooms. I’m impressed with its rugged nature. It happily takes the jostling breezes that flow through the garden without any need for staking, which is unusual for a Dahlia. The blooms stand straight up without the drooping that some of the larger Dahlias are subject to.