Dahlia Flower Season in India

Last Updated: 05.03.2024
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Want to learn about the Dahlia Flower Season in India? Keep on reading to find out and also when to plant these flowers!

We’ve got all the important information about the Dahlia Flower Season in India that will help you make the most of these flowers. Stay tuned!

Dahlia Flower Information

Dahlia Flower information

Dahlias are actually native to Mexico and Central America. They were introduced to Europe long ago and then found their way to India and are very popular all over the country today.

You’ll find them in the hilly regions of northern and northeastern India, including Himachal Pradesh (हिमाचल प्रदेश), Jammu and Kashmir (जम्मू और कश्मीर), and Uttarakhand (उत्तराखंड). They’re also found in West Bengal (पश्चिम बंगाल), mostly the Darjeeling (दार्जिलिंग) area, and also the Nilgiri (नीलगिरि) hills in the south.

Dahlias come in almost every color except blue. You’ll find them in reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, purples, whites, and even dual tones. They have round blooms, tuberous roots, and a long blooming season. This is why they’re a garden favorite everywhere.

Dahlia Flower Season in India

Dahlia Flower Season in India

Dahlias need an ideal temperature of 15° – 25°C to bloom. But they’re a bit tolerant and can also handle variations. They’ll easily grow even if the temperature reaches 30°C-32°C but stop once it crosses 35°C as the higher temperatures impact their flowering and growth. They’re also great for cooler winter temperatures.

In most cities and plains, Dahlias bloom from late winter to early spring, which is December – March/April. You can also go for a second planting and yield some fall blooms from June to October.

However, in hilly regions, Dahlias bloom throughout the summer and into the autumn season from June to October, as the temperatures are mild. If you want to know how long Dahlias will bloom in your local area, you can consult a local nursery.

Blooming Time for Different Dahlia Varieties

Blooming Time for Different Dahlia Varieties

1. Decorative Dahlias

Decorative Dahlias have large, showy flowers are the most common ones you’ll find in India. They bloom throughout the Dahlia flower season, provided you’ve planted them at the right time.

2. Cactus and Semi-Cactus Dahlias

These ones have spiky blooms with gently curved or thin, pointy petals and flower a bit late in the season.

3. Pompon Dahlia

Pompons have small, spherical flowers that look like small balls. They make lovely container flowers and are the best ones for creating a border. They also have a slightly extended bloom period.

4. Waterlily Dahlias

This Dahlia variety has double blooms with sparse ray florets. Their petals can be rolled inwards, flat, and even slightly curved, which makes them amazing decorative flowers. They’re usually mid to late-season bloomers.

There are many more Dahlia varieties, but these ones are the most popular and easily available at nurseries (except Waterlily). You can contact your local nursery for these to check but you’ll definitely find them online.

Here are the Best Dahlia Varieties to Grow

When to Plant Dahlia Flowers

When to Plant Dahlia Flowers

Dahlias take 8-12 weeks from planting before they can start flowers, and if you’re wondering, yes, they do produce flowers within the first year as long as the conditions are favorable.

You should plant these in September-October for a beautiful show of flowers from December to March/April.

Don’t worry if you missed the window for the main Dahlia flower season already – you can plant them in spring (March-April) as well and enjoy a smaller flush of blooms in June-October. This is the same window for planting if you live in hilly regions of the country.

In cooler climates like that of Pune and Bengaluru (पुणे और बेंगलुरु), you can plant these during both these windows, but in hotter regions like Mumbai and Chennai (मुंबई और चेन्नई), autumn planting for cool weather blooming season will be your best bet.

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