Dahlia Dahlia 'Fascination' (P)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'Fascination'

ABOUT

Dahlia 'Fascination' is a stunning plant that stands out with its vibrant and colorful flowers. The blooms are particularly eye-catching, featuring a blend of pink and purple hues that can range from pastel to a more intense saturation of color. These substantial flowers have a layered look with numerous petals that are slightly rolled at the edges, giving them a full and lush appearance. The petals typically have a gradient effect, with the tones deepening toward the center of the flower, which is often a contrast of darker shades, adding depth and complexity to the overall look. The center of the bloom can sometimes have a distinct look, often appearing more concentrated with color or featuring different shading compared to the outer petals. Leaves on the Dahlia 'Fascination' are deep green, providing a rich background that makes the colors of the flowers stand out even more. The foliage has a typical dahlia shape: they are compound leaves with leaflets that are oval-shaped with pointed tips and serrated edges, forming an attractive pattern that complements the showy flowers. The overall appearance of this plant is one of vibrancy and abundance, with the standout flowers drawing attention and adding a pop of color to any garden setting. As with other dahlias, this variety is prized for its ornate flowers that are popular in bouquets and flower arrangements, making it a beloved choice among gardeners and floral enthusiasts alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family

      Asteraceae

    • Synonyms

      Dahlia, Garden Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Fascination'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias, including the variety 'Fascination,' are not considered toxic to humans. They are generally regarded as safe, and there are no known toxic effects from ingesting Dahlias. However, it is always advisable to exercise caution and avoid eating ornamental plants.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, like the 'Fascination' variety, are generally considered non-toxic to pets. There should be no harmful effects if pets ingest parts of the Dahlia plant. However, it's always a good practice to keep an eye on pets and discourage them from eating plants not intended for consumption.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle

      Perennials

    • Foliage type

      Deciduous

    • Color of leaves

      Green

    • Flower color

      Pink

    • Height

      4 feet [1.22 meters]

    • Spread

      2 feet [0.61 meters]

    • Plant type

      Bulb

    • Hardiness zones

      8

    • Native area

      Mexico

Benefits

  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic appeal: The Dahlia 'Fascination' adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens with its captivating blooms.
    • Variety of colors: It comes in many color varieties, allowing for diverse design options in landscape planning.
    • Pollinator attraction: Dahlias are known to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, supporting biodiversity.
    • Cut flowers: They make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life, perfect for arrangements and bouquets.
    • Extended blooming season: Dahlia 'Fascination' often has a longer blooming season compared to other plants, offering beauty from summer into fall.
    • Easy propagation: These plants can be propagated through division, making it easy for gardeners to expand their collection or share with others.
    • Garden versatility: They can be used in beds, borders, and containers, offering versatility for different garden designs 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 'Fascination' can be used for natural clothing dye, providing a range of subtle to vibrant colors depending on the mordant used.
    • The tubers of Dahlias can be carved into stamps for crafting projects and fabric design, creating unique patterns.
    • During the Victorian era, Dahlia blooms were floated in bowls of water as table centerpieces for decoration.
    • With their structured form, Dahlias can serve as a natural substitute for floral foam in arranging live flowers or creating dried floral arrangements.
    • The hollowed-out stems of Dahlias can be used as tiny biodegradable straws in small craft cocktails.
    • Pressed Dahlias can be used to create beautiful botanical art, preserved in frames or laminated as bookmarks.
    • The petals of Dahlias, due to their brightness and variety of colors, can be sprinkled as natural confetti for outdoor celebrations, being both eye-catching and eco-friendly.
    • Dahlias can be cultivated as a food crop for some wildlife and beneficial insects, providing a source of nectar and habitat in a garden ecosystem.
    • The geometric patterns found in Dahlia blooms can inspire design and art projects, including fabric patterns or graphic design elements.
    • Spent Dahlia flowers and leaves can contribute to a nutrient-rich compost, enhancing soil quality for other plants in the garden.

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: With its striking and intricate petals, the Dahlia flower represents sophistication and poise.
    • Change and Diversity: Dahlias come in a wide range of colors and shapes, symbolizing an embrace of diversity and the ability to adapt.
    • Commitment and Bond: Giving dahlias is often seen as a gesture to show a lasting commitment and a strong bond between individuals.
    • Creativity: The variety and vividness of dahlias are often linked to a burst of creative inspiration and uniqueness.
    • Inner Strength: Despite their delicate appearance, dahlias are flowers that stand out and symbolize an inner strength and the power to endure challenging circumstances.

💧
Every 2-3 days
Water
☀️
2500 - 10000 Lux
Light
💦️
7%
Humidity
🪴
Every year
Repotting
🌱️
Spring-Early Summer
Propogation
✂️️
As needed
Pruning
  • water dropWater

    Dahlia 'Fascination' should be watered deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather conditions, ensuring the soil is moist but not waterlogged. Drip irrigation or soaking the ground at the base of the plant is preferred to avoid wetting the foliage, which could lead to fungal diseases. During the active growing season, especially on hotter days, dahlias may need more frequent watering. As a general guideline, provide about one to two gallons of water per plant each week, adjusting as necessary for rainfall and temperature.

  • sunLight

    Dahlia 'Fascination' thrives best in full sun which means it should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Planting dahlias in an area that gets ample morning sunlight and some afternoon shade can help protect the blooms during the hottest part of the day. However, they can still perform well with all-day sunlight, so an open spot without shade from trees or buildings is ideal.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlia 'Fascination' prefers temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for ideal growth. They can withstand a range up to 90 degrees, but prolonged heat can be stressful to the plant. Dahlias should not be planted until the ground has warmed to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit and they are sensitive to frost, with minimum survival temperatures just a few degrees above the freezing point.

  • scissorsPruning

    Dahlia 'Fascination' benefits from regular deadheading to encourage more blooms and maintain plant energy. Prune spent flowers and any damaged or diseased stems throughout the blooming season. The best time for major pruning is early spring when new growth appears, and during this time, you may also cut back any older stems to promote vigorous growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH, around 6.5 to 7.0. The best soil mix for Dahlia 'Fascination' is a combination of loam, peat moss, and sand to ensure good drainage and fertility. Adding compost or decayed manure will provide the necessary nutrients for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, including the variety 'Fascination', do not need repotting as they are typically grown from tubers each year. Instead, the tubers should be lifted and stored during the winter in colder climates and replanted in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias like 'Fascination' are not particularly humidity sensitive, but they do well with average ambient humidity found outdoors. They do not require high humidity environments and are quite adaptable to normal outdoor conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Dahlia 'Fascination' in a bright spot and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, fertile soil, water deeply, stake if needed.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Dahlia 'Fascination' begins with the germination of tubers planted after the last frost date when the soil has warmed. The sprouting stage follows, with shoots emerging from the tubers and first leaves developing, which then give way to vegetative growth, characterized by the development of a robust stem and further leaf development. As the plant matures, the bud stage commences, where flower buds start to form prompted by longer daylight hours in late spring to early summer. The blooming stage occurs when the Dahlia 'Fascination' flowers are in full color and size, usually from midsummer until the first frosts of autumn. After blooming, the plant enters the senescence phase as colder weather approaches, where foliage begins to die back and the plant focuses energy on the tubers for next year’s growth cycle. Finally, the plant overwinters in a dormant state, where the tubers rest underground until the cycle begins again with the next warm season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method for propagating Dahlia 'Fascination', commonly known as simply Dahlia, is by dividing its tubers. This is best done in spring when the plant is just beginning to sprout. After gently digging up the clump of tubers from the ground, carefully separate them by hand or with a sharp knife, ensuring that each division has at least one eye (bud) from which new growth can emerge. The cut surfaces should then be allowed to dry for a day or two to form a callus, which helps prevent rotting. The individual tuber pieces can then be replanted about 6-8 inches (about 15-20 centimeters) deep and spaced about 18-24 inches (approximately 45-60 centimeters) apart to allow sufficient room for growth. This division method encourages robust growth and an abundance of blooms during the growing season.