Luscious pale yellow, streaked and tipped with pink. A good cut flower with long stems. A newer cultivar, grown since 2007.
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Growing Tips for Cabana Banana Dahlia
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In the gardens of America, today, dahlias are perhaps the most underappreciated flower we have. The showy plants produce showier blossoms throughout the summer and well into the fall. When all else has perished in the autumn garden, the dahlias will still be blooming profusely.
At the time, it was considered to be a spontaneous mutation, but today scientists believe that the cactus dahlia, at one time, grew in the wild in Mexico, but disappeared. It was probably pure luck that the partial tuber found in van der Berg’s crate of dahlias had a remnant of this very rare dahlia.
Dahlia tubers should be planted in late spring when the danger of frost has passed in fertile, friable soil. For largest blossoms remove all but 1-2 upshoots. Water and dead head frequently. Dahlias will continue to bloom profusely throughout the summer and fall until a hard frost kills the plant. Once the plants have died back, dig the tubers and store in a cool, dry, dark area.
Cactus Dahlia, Cabana Banana
Cactus dahlias are so named because their petals are much thinner than other dahlias and come to a point which gives them a somewhat spike-like appearance. In 1872, J. T. van der Berg of The Netherlands received a crate of dahlia tubers from Mexico. The tubers were in very bad condition, but as van der Berg sorted through the box, he found one piece of a tuber that still seemed to be alive. He planted it, and throughout 1872-1873, he propagated it through cuttings from his original plant.
Dahlias come in just about every size imaginable from 8 inches to 4+ feet. Blossoms range in size from 2 inches to 10 inches. In Hardiness Zones 3-7, dahlias require full sun, but in Zones 8-9 they need to be in partial shade or in an east-facing location. They make outstanding container plants, 1 plant per 14 inch diameter pot, and in Zone 3 it is recommended that dahlias only be grown in containers. Dahlias require frequent watering, and if left to dry out will put on a dramatic display of horrendously drooping leaves and blossoms. During most winters in Zones 6 and higher, tubers can be left in the ground and, if protected with 4 inches of mulch, will return the following spring. In Zones 5 and lower, dahlias must be dug in the fall and stored in a cool, dry basement.
Dahlias are classified commercially in many ways, but these classifications tend to change. Current classifications include Dinnerplate dahlias – the largest plants with the largest flowers, Cactus dahlias – with long spikey flower petals, Pompon dahlias – with ball-shaped flowers, Decorative dahlias – with a wide range of plant heights and blossoms that range from 3-5 inches, Gallery dahlias – which are the shortest of the cultivars, Fimbriata dahlias – which produce large, opulent blossoms with frilled, long thin petals, Peony-flowering dahlias – that produce blossoms with 2-3 layers of petals and Anemone-flowering dahlias with blossoms that have a ‘puff ball’ of petals surrounded by more traditional dahlia petals.
Dahlias are some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow in containers. The best soil mix is 60% topsoil, 20% peat moss and 20% compost or dehydrated cow manure. Check out the soil mix described in detail in our Harvesting History YouTube video. Do not use prepared soil mixes.
Dahlias make exceptional container plants – 1 dahlia per 14 in. diameter pot. They will require frequent watering and fertilizing with a heavy Potassium and Phosphorus fertilizer every 2 weeks.