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July 16th 2013

Cafe au Lait Dahlia love

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Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

These days, the Cafe au Lait dahlia is all the rage in the wedding flower world and it’s not hard to see why.

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

I’ve grown this beauty for a number of seasons but finally clued in and tucked 100 row feet into one of our greenhouses to get a jump on field plantings and provide an insulated environment for their big, pillowy blooms.

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

Plants are already shoulder high and just beginning to pump out the massive, ever-changing, pink, cream, blush toned blooms. No two are exactly alike and I think it’s one of the traits that makes them so special.

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

These beauties make me feel like I’m cheating, just a bit.

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

Finding tubers is tough now that they’re so popular but if you start the hunt early on, say by Fall, you should be able to snag a few. Plants are stocky and have really large leaves so give them room and some super sturdy support.

For longer stems, snip out the center of each plant when they are just 18″ tall to encourage low branching. The process, actually called pinching is really tough to implement since it seems counterintuitive to trim a small growing plant but if you can stomach it, you’ll be rewarded with monster stems like these all summer long : )

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

This week on The Seasonal Bouquet Project I gave the sweet peas a glorious send off. If only I could share their scent through the screen!! You can check it out here.

I also have a very exciting collaboration, with a VERY special someone to announce later today/early tomorrow so if you want all the juicy details early, sign up HERE!

And a little later this week I get to share some STUNNING images captured by the one-and-only Jose Villa from the March Flower Wild workshop in Palm Springs. So stay tuned.

Cafe au Lait Dahlias Floret Flower Farm

26 Comments

  1. vivian gerard on

    how do you cut the flowers to bring indoors for fresh flowers will the un opened buds bloom also what to do about the bugs

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  2. vivian gerard on

    love this plant its so pretty it is just budding here in abbotsford bc it gets afternoon sun and is doing very well i should tie it up i guess still standing tall on its own i can see why it would be a wedding flower so so pretty

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  3. Jenn on

    Those blooms are amazing Erin! Just planted Cafe Au Lait in some large pots but I’ve no idea how many stems to expect from each tuber or if they’ll be happy in pots as they grow – would love to hear any tips you might have for growing these beauties! Thankyou :)

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  4. Café au Lait Dahlia | Pith + Vigor on

    […] and long stalk makes Dahlia ‘Café au Lait’ a hit for floral designers. The lovely Floret Flower Farm blog has a wonderful post on harvesting these beauties as cut […]

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  5. Elizabeth Grafe on

    Do you have any suggestions as to where I can get café au lait dahlias (20 stems ) for a wedding on June 20Th Need to have in Chattanooga, Tn by 618-14. Please advise. Thank you. Betsy Grafe
    Grafe Studio Floral Artists
    423-468-4172

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    • Floret on

      Elizabeth, you may have to order them from the CA wholesaler Mayesh. I know they ship them your way with very good success.

  6. Autumn Harvest Farms on

    Can you recommend any places to order dahlia tubers from? Hard to find anyplace here in MI

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  7. sarah on

    we always call these ‘double d’s’ cause their so big and well, bodacious. yours are looking killer Erin!

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  8. Holme Flowers uk on

    Ours are just budding up nicely, so excited to see them. I think we won’t want to part with them when they come out. Keep up the hard work Erin.

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  9. Erin Rochelle on

    I cannot wait until you start shipping your AMAZING flowers nationally… it will be a day to celebrate! Until then I will simply drool at my computer screen ;) Thank you for posting all of your glorious flowers!

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  10. Kathy on

    the most amazing photos of such lovely dahlias. I am in love, kathy

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  11. CheyAnne Sexton on

    WOWZA, I remember growing a dinner plate size dahlia years ago and I was hooked. But not until this year do I have another, altho smaller variety. I am stoked about it for sure. Yours are what painting was created for, to capture those incredible blossoms.
    peace n abundance,
    CheyAnne
    http://www.cheyannesexton.etsy.com

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  12. Janey Pugh on

    Incredible. Stunning and all other exclamations!

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  13. laura on

    good gosh they are so beautiful! i’ve just added them to my garden planting list!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  14. Joanne Fletcher on

    OH MY GOODNESS! Dahlia envy going on in this UK flower shop. And trying to work out if we can even get them in the UK. Simply stunning -thank you for sharing. Joanne.

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  15. Fenella on

    Could we source tubers from you directly? They are stunning!

    regards

    Fen

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  16. Lisa on

    So Gorgeous! Indeed, thank you for the tip on pinching them back. Happy Summer!

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  17. Laurie (Fleurie) Garza on

    So lovely. Thanks for sharing the tip about pinching them back. Will file for future, when I get a few tubers. Can’t wait to get that newsletter!

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