Books on Dahlias
- Dahlias (New Plant Library) by Ted Collins
This guide catalogues 50 varieties of dahlia, with botanical description, height and flower type. There is advice on buying and selecting the best plants, planting and propagation, and controlling diseases and pests. Also included is a history of the dahlia, with cultivation ideas for general garden displays and cut flower arrangements.
- Dahlias: A Colour Guide (Crowood Press) by Ted Collins
A full-color guide to the cultivation, identification and selection of plants. The core of the book is a list of descriptions of 1,800 varieties of dahlia, arranged in alphabetical order, and illustrated with over 500 color photographs. It is aimed at enthusiasts and exhibitors. Each entry includes a short description of growth habit; type of bloom and color; advice on the variety’s potential for garden, exhibition or cut flower use; the raiser, country of origin and year of introduction (where known); and source of supply of plants or tubers. Practical advice on methods of propagation and successful cultivation is given, along with a brief history of the dahlia, tips on exhibiting and ideas for garden use. The guide also explains the different forms of dahlias and gives a calendar for their care.
- Dahlias: An Illustrated Guide to Varieties, Cultivation and Care by Ted Collins
Easy to grow with an exotic appearance, dahlias are popular and impressive in any garden; this handy guide explains all you need to know about choosing, growing and care.
- The Gardener’s Guide to Growing Dahlias by Gareth Rowlands
Capturing the spectacular presence of these extrovert plants, the Gardener’s Guide to Growing Dahlias will delight dahlia lovers, convert those new to the genus, and inspire a new generation of growers.
- The Encyclopedia of Dahlias by Bill McClaren
Bill McClaren has been growing and showing dahlias for nearly 50 years. For the past 20 years, he has hybridized all forms of dahlias; over 100 of his varieties are listed in the American Dahlia Society’s ADS Classification and Handbook of Dahlias. After retiring from a 30-year career as an educator, he owned and operated, together with his wife, Alpen Gardens, a commercial dahlia nursery, for 20 years. In this delightful and profusely illustrated encyclopedia, McClaren provides an authoritative account of garden-worthy dahlias for every garden design. Nearly 700 selections are included, complete with notes on their history, awards, and cultural peculiarities. Additional chapters on dahlia care and propagation, dahlia species in nature, hybridizing, and showing dahlias add to this well-rounded overview. Gardeners at every level will appreciate the author’s clear and useful explanation of the classification schemes for dahlias.
- Dahlia Breeding for the Farmer-Florist and the Home Gardener: A Step by Step Guide to Hybridizing New Dahlia Varieties from Seed by Kristine Albrecht.
Kristine Albrecht is an influential dahlia breeder who has introduced award-winning dahlia varieties that are a must-have for the show circuit and the floral trade. In this step by step book she explores pollinating strategies for producing unique dahlia seeds, breeding goals, seed germination, seedling care, marketing your new varieties, and more. Kristine has 14 years of breeding experience that she shares with the reader in an informal and intimate style. She also shares beautiful pictures of some of her most popular dahlia hybrids from her urban farm.
- Dahlias: Beautiful Varieties for Home & Garden by Naomi Slade and Georgianna Lane
The dahlia is a fabulous cutting flower for the home garden. Cut one bloom, and ten more appear on the plant. Blooming late summer to the first frost of autumn, this native of Mexico provides explosions of color in home gardens. The author’s commentary unearths the dahlia from its Aztec origins and imparts practical, hands-on knowledge for growing and overwintering these tropical plants in wintry climes.
- UK clip on growing dahlias.
- Beautiful Dahlias
- How to grow dahlias at home
- How to plant dahlia tubers
- How to plant dahlia bulbs (Note: they’re tubers, not bulbs!)
- Trailer for “In Praise of Dahlias“
- Growing Dahlias DVD
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