Dahlia Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' (PBR) (D)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dahlia 'Karma Fiesta'


Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' is a visually striking flower known for its vibrant, showy blooms. The petals of this dahlia exhibit a unique blend of colors, often starting with a warm shade of yellow at the base that transitions into red or deep pink toward the frilly edges, giving a festive, fiery appearance that seems to celebrate the joys of summer gardens. The blooms are full and lush, with a multitude of layers that form a pleasing round shape, inviting viewers to get lost in the intricate beauty of each flower. The petals themselves have an elegant, slightly curved form which adds to the dahlias' lush look. Each flower is supported by a strong stem, which holds the bloom upright and showcases its full glory. The foliage of the Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' offers a complementary backdrop to the flowers, with rich green leaves that have a classic dahlia leaf shape: slightly pointed with pronounced serration along the edges. As a member of the 'Karma' series, these dahlias are specifically bred for exceptional vase life, making them an excellent choice for cut-flower arrangements where their exciting color combination and robust form can be enjoyed indoors as well. Overall, Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' carries an air of celebration and a dash of exotic flair that can enhance any garden or bouquet where color, vitality, and a touch of the dramatic are desired. Its cheerful presence is often a highlight in floral displays and gardens alike.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Karma Fiesta Dahlia, Fiesta Dahlia

    • Common names

      Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' (PBR) (D).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Dahlias, including the Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' variety, are not considered toxic to humans. Generally, they do not pose a risk if touched or ingested in small quantities. However, sensitive individuals might experience mild gastrointestinal discomfort if they consume parts of the plant.

    • To pets

      Dahlias, such as the Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta', are largely considered non-toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. They are not known to cause serious poisoning or fatal consequences when pets ingest parts of the plant. Nonetheless, ingestion can sometimes lead to mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet 6 inches (1.06 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.60 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' is known for its ability to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that are critical for the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Vibrant Colors: The plant offers a stunning array of colors, which can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any garden or landscape design.
    • Extended Blooming Period: Dahlias often have a long flowering season, offering blooms from midsummer until the first frosts, providing consistent beauty.
    • Great for Cut Flowers: This variety has sturdy stems and a long vase life, making it an excellent choice for fresh floral arrangements and bouquets.
    • Easy to Grow: Dahlias are generally easy to cultivate and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions with proper care.
    • Versatile Planting Options: These plants can be grown in borders, garden beds, or containers, making them suitable for diverse garden styles and sizes.
    • Enhances Local Biodiversity: By attracting pollinators, dahlias contribute to the local ecosystem, supporting a range of insects and birds.

  • 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

    • Photography Prop: The vibrant colors and unique form of dahlias make them popular subjects for photographers, especially for macro photography.
    • Art Inspiration: The intricate petal patterns and bold colors of dahlias can inspire artists to create paintings, drawings, and textile designs.
    • Dye Source: Dahlia petals can be used to produce natural dyes for coloring fabrics, papers, and craft materials.
    • Culinary Decoration: Edible varieties of dahlia petals can be used to add a splash of color and elegance to cakes and pastries as decorative garnishes.
    • Theme Gardens: Dahlias can be the centerpiece of a color-themed garden space, providing a recurring motif for landscape design.
    • Educational Tool: Horticulture students and educators can use different dahlia varieties to teach plant genetics and hybridization techniques.
    • Floating Decorations: The flowers of dahlias can float on water, providing an attractive option for decorating ponds and fountains at events or in gardens.
    • Craft Material: Dried dahlia flowers and petals can be incorporated into papermaking or used in potpourri mixtures.
    • Fashion Inspiration: The bold patterns and colors of dahlias are often reflected in fashion design, including fabrics, accessories, and even haute couture inspired by their form.
    • Creative Containers: Dahlias can be planted in unusual containers, like repurposed items or artistic pots, to add an eclectic touch to patios and indoor spaces.

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

    • Beauty: Dahlias are often associated with beauty due to their stunning and diverse flower forms and vibrant colors, which resemble elegance and grace.
    • Change and Diversity: The variety of shapes and colors in dahlias symbolize diversity and change, reflecting how embracing differences can lead to positive outcomes.
    • Commitment and Bond: Given their intricate petals and the effort required to grow and maintain them, dahlias can represent a lasting bond and the commitment to stand out in the face of challenges.
    • Dignity: Dahlia flowers hold themselves with poise and balance, easily associating them with dignity and the ability to remain graceful under pressure.
    • Involvement and Positive Energy: 'Karma Fiesta' suggests a celebration of life, which can be tied to being actively involved in life's passions with a positive and energetic approach.

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

    Dahlias require consistent moisture and should be watered deeply at least twice a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. For 'Karma Fiesta' Dahlias, provide about 1-2 gallons per week depending on weather conditions. In hot, dry spells, you may need to water more frequently, especially if the plant is in a container. Make sure the water penetrates deeply into the soil to encourage strong root development; shallow watering can lead to weak growth. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of fungal diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Dahlias thrive in bright, direct sunlight and the 'Karma Fiesta' Dahlia is no exception. It is best grown in a location where it receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day. The ideal spot is one that gets morning sunlight and partial shade during the hottest part of the day to protect the blossoms from fading. Avoid overly shaded areas as they can inhibit flowering and lead to weak, leggy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dahlias like 'Karma Fiesta' perform best in a temperature range between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but they stop growing if temperatures dip below this point. They are not frost-tolerant and can be damaged or killed by temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideal growth and flowering occur when the temperature remains within the optimal range during the growing season.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning helps maintain the shape of the 'Karma Fiesta' Dahlia, encourages larger blooms, and prevents disease by increasing airflow. Deadhead spent flowers regularly throughout the blooming season to promote continuous flowering. Cut back the stems to about 2-3 inches above the ground level after the first frost in the fall when the plant begins to die back. This is also the time to dig up tubers in colder regions for winter storage.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dahlias thrive in a rich, well-draining soil mix with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.0. A recipe for Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' would be a blend of two parts loam, one part peat moss or coco coir, and one part perlite to ensure adequate drainage and soil aeration. Amend with compost for nutrient richness.

  • plantRepotting

    Dahlias, such as 'Karma Fiesta', generally require repotting when they outgrow their current container or when the tubers are divided after the growing season. Typically, this means repotting every year during early spring before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dahlias like 'Karma Fiesta' do best in moderate humidity levels. Aim for a relative humidity of about 40-60%. Avoid overly humid conditions as this can promote fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Dahlias in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun after frost, in fertile, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta', commonly known as Dahlia, begins its cycle as a tuber planted after the last frost when the soil has warmed. It quickly sprouts and grows, producing a sturdy stem and lush foliage; during this vegetative stage, the plant develops its complex root system. As summer progresses, the plant enters the flowering stage, blooming profusely with vibrant, multicolored flowers that are attractive to pollinators. After pollination, if conditions allow, the plant may produce seeds, but many cultivated dahlias are sterile and propagated mainly from tubers. With the onset of autumn and cooler temperatures, the Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' enters senescence, where the aerial parts of the plant begin to wilt and die back. Before winter, the tubers are typically dug up and stored in a cool, frost-free place to overwinter and be replanted the following spring, repeating the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Dahlia 'Karma Fiesta' can be propagated effectively through the division of tubers. Ideally, this is done in the spring just before the new growth begins. To do this, you must carefully dig up the clump of tubers taking care not to damage them. Look for the swollen, bulb-like structures which are the tubers and ensure that each division has at least one eye, which is a point on the tuber from which new growth can emerge. Once you have divided the tubers, plant them about 6 to 8 inches deep (15 to 20 centimeters) in well-drained soil with the eyes facing upwards. Water the tubers well after planting and continue to care for them as they grow, ensuring they receive adequate water and are not subjected to frost, as Dahlia tubers are sensitive to cold temperatures.