Dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety' Dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety' (D/dwb)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety'


'Aylett's Gaiety' grows to 60cm in height, with bronze-tinted foliage and salmon-orange flowers to 11cm across

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Garden Dahlia, Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (120-150 cm)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Vibrant Aesthetics: Dahlias like 'Aylett's Gaiety' offer stunning visual appeal with their vivid blooms and diverse colors, making them a popular choice for ornamental purposes in gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: These plants are great for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that are essential for the pollination of many other plants, therefore supporting biodiversity.
    • Long Blooming Season: Dahlias typically have a long flowering period from midsummer until the first frosts of autumn, providing continuous color and interest in the garden.
    • Easy to Grow: 'Aylett's Gaiety' is relatively easy to grow and can thrive in many climates with proper care, making it accessible to gardeners of various skill levels.
    • Excellent Cut Flowers: Dahlias are known for their longevity as cut flowers, making them perfect for bouquets and floral arrangements to brighten indoor spaces.
    • Versatile Planting: These plants are suitable for borders, beds, and containers, offering flexibility for gardeners to design their planting schemes.
    • Variety of Sizes and Forms: Dahlias come in various sizes and forms, allowing for diverse design possibilities and use in different garden styles and spaces.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dahlia petals are edible and can be used to add color and a unique flavor to salads or desserts.
    • The tubers of some dahlia varieties are edible and can be cooked similar to a root vegetable.
    • Dahlia flowers can be used in making natural dyes, providing a range of colors from the petals.
    • These plants can be used in companion planting to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden.
    • Dahlias can be used as a natural pest control method by planting them around vegetable gardens to deter certain insects.
    • The large and vibrant blooms of dahlias can be utilized as natural decorations for events and parties.
    • They can be used in art classes or workshops for botanical drawing or watercolor painting, due to their intricate petal structures.
    • Dahlia flowers can be pressed and used in craft projects, such as handmade greeting cards or bookmarks.
    • The structure of dahlia plants can offer a degree of erosion control when planted on slopes or banks.
    • Dried dahlia blooms can be used in potpourri mixes to add fragrance and beauty to a room.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Dahlia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Dahlia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Elegance and Dignity: Dahlias often represent elegance and dignity due to their sophisticated bloom structure and variety of colors.
    • Commitment and Bond: Because dahlias are perennials that return year after year, they are sometimes associated with long-term commitment and the bond that withstands time.
    • Change and Diversity: With a vast range of colors and forms, dahlias symbolize diversity and embracing change.
    • Inner Strength: Dahlias bloom from midsummer to first frost, which showcases their ability to thrive in a range of conditions, symbolizing inner strength.
    • Creative Spirit: The dahlia's unique pattern and vibrant colors can also represent a wild or creative spirit.

Every 3-4 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety' should be watered thoroughly once the topsoil feels dry to the touch, which usually means watering about once or twice a week, depending on climate conditions. In terms of the method, water the plant at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. A good soak might require around 1 to 2 gallons of water per plant, ensuring that the water reaches deep into the soil to encourage deep root growth. Adjustments in the watering frequency should be made during hot, dry spells or rainier periods to maintain consistent soil moisture.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias, including 'Aylett's Gaiety', thrive best in full sun conditions, where they can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. The best spot for this plant would be in an area that is exposed to sun for most of the day without too much shade from trees or structures, as full sunlight is essential for their optimal growth and flower production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias such as 'Aylett's Gaiety' prefer temperatures between 60°F and 70°F for ideal growth. They can survive in temperatures as low as 50°F, but growth will be slower. It's crucial to protect them from frost, which can damage or kill the plant, so if temperatures drop below 50°F, measures should be taken to insulate or move the plant to a warmer location if possible.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning dahlias like 'Aylett's Gaiety' is essential for promoting robust growth and vibrant blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the season. Cut back the stalks to the main stem to promote healthier and more profuse growth. The best time to prune is during the active growing season, from spring through to fall.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias require well-draining soil with rich organic matter. A blend of loam, peat, and sand in equal parts works well. Aim for soil pH between 6.5 and 7.5 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias grown in containers may need repotting every year during the spring. Ensure the tubers are not crowded and have ample space to develop.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias thrive in moderate humidity conditions; they do well with outdoor ambient humidity and do not require additional humidity control.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and good air circulation for Dahlias indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil with full to partial sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety' begins its life as a tuber that is typically planted after the threat of frost has passed in spring. It then sprouts and develops into a young plant, with stems, leaves, and a root system. The plant grows rapidly and eventually produces buds, which unfold into large, colorful blooms during the summer and fall. After flowering, the plant will set seed, but dahlias are more commonly propagated by dividing the tubers. As temperatures cool in autumn, the above-ground parts of the plant die back, while the tubers can be dug up, stored in a cool, frost-free place over winter, and then replanted the following spring. This cycle repeats each year, with proper care and winter storage, allowing the plant to thrive season after season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Dahlia 'Aylett's Gaiety', commonly known as dahlia, is typically propagated through the division of tubers, which is considered the most popular method for this plant. This process generally takes place in the springtime after the last frost when the soil is workable and has warmed up to at least 60°F (approximately 15°C). During division, each tuber that has at least one eye, which is a point from where the new growth emerges, is separated from the clump with a sharp, clean knife. The cut sections are then allowed to dry for a day or two to form a protective callus over the cuts. Once dried, the tuber sections can be planted about 4-6 inches deep (10-15 cm) and spaced about 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart in a well-draining garden bed that receives plenty of sunlight. Care should be taken during planting to ensure the eye is facing upwards. This method effectively multiplies dahlia plants, maintaining the genetic traits of the 'Aylett's Gaiety' variety.