Grow: Dahlia Cafē au Lait
A dahlia with dollop of clotted cream and a hint of coffee
Opening pale peachy pink then fading to soft coffee cream ‘Cafe au Lait’ is a celebrity-status dahlia. The multi-petalled blooms are up to 25 cm across and there may be 40 on a plant at once, so strong support is essential. The colour of this dahlia can vary depending on the age of the bloom and the amount of sunlight it receives.
Words: Linda Ross
Cut stems for the vase with at least two leaves and remove spent flowers to encourage more flowers and bushy growth.
Dahlia tubers don't need to be lifted if the soil is well drained and won’t freeze in winter but they should be dug and divided every couple of years to keep them flowering at their best. ‘Cafe au Lait’ is available through most dahlia suppliers in Australia, including the following at our Collectors' Plant Fair.
Find Dahlia 'Cafe Au Lait' at Club Creek Bulb Farm, Stall 50; Alameda Clematis, Stall 7 or Drewitts Bulbs, Stall 32 at Collectors' Plant Fair, April 6-7 2019, Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon. Buy tickets at www.collectorsplantfair.com/tickets
Story first published in Garden Clinic Magazine Autumn Issue 53.