Articles, Videos, and Books

This page features articles, videos, and books  from throughout the dahlia community. These articles, produced by a variety of authors do not necessarily reflect the views of the ADS, but are offered here for the general interest of our readers.



The American Dahlia Society – The Second 50 Years

Golden Anniversary Part 1  (pdf)
Golden Anniversary Part 2  (pdf)

Love dahlias?  Love history? Then you are sure to enjoy a new publication Mrs. Charles H. Stout AKA Henrietta Maria Schroeder (HMS) The Lady of the Dahlias  by Harry Waterson.  This publication is being serialized in the Bulletin but is available in its entirety, here.


ADS Bulletin Articles

Recommendations for Buying Dahlias

Nutrients for Dahlias

More Nutrients for Dahlias

When to Plant Your Dahlias Out in the Garden

What Does a Novice Dahlia Grower Do After Frost?



You’ve Got Some Gall! – by Martin Král – This article originally appeared in the 2022 Dahlias of Today

Digging Dahlias by Helen Allen – excerpt from Zone4, a Magazine for All Rocky Mountain Gardeners. (pdf file)

Of Dahlia Myths and Aztec Mythology – The Dahlia in History  (pdf files)
     Part 1
     Part 2
     Part 3

Dahlia Imperialis Blooming at the Smithsonian

Digging, Dividing, and Storing Tubers

No Fuss: Store Your Tubers in Plastic Wrap

Growing Dahlias in Containers

Success With Cuttings

Fungus Control for Dahlias and the Garden

Coping with Spider Mites

Ruminations of a Dahlia Tuber (humorous article, pdf file)


Organic Gardening Articles

My Journey to Organic Gardening

Two Organic Additives for Your Garden That Are FREE!!

No Weeding – No Till Gardening – a Layered Garden

Compost Tea

Some Thoughts on Actively Aerated Compost Tea



Learn About Hybridization of Dahlias (video)


Dahlia Reference Articles

Meristem Tip Culture (pdf file)

Dahlia Nomenclature and Brief History

Bees Don’t Care – Hybridizers Should

Dahlia Virus Pictures – A Pictorial Guide to Symptoms and Diagnosis (10 MB pdf file)

Species Wealth, Geographical Distribution and Conservation Status of the Genus Dahlia (Asteraceae) in Mexico