Gitts Crazy Dahlia is a sub-polar perennial plant that is widely grown for its incredible flowers. It has got the prettiest blooms out of all the Dahlia species. The autumn-sunset-like flowers make a perfect addition to home gardens, living rooms, patios, and greenhouses. This tall-heightened plant is adored by all plant lovers. Let’s dig more into its features and learn about its care tips.
- Family: Asteraceae
- Subfamily: Asteroideae
- Genus: Dahlia
- Cultivar: Gitts Crazy Dahlia
About the Genus Dahlia
Dahlia, a genus from the Asteraceae family, has species distributed all over Central America and Mexico. Most of them are also found in Colombia. All of the species of this genus are flowering plants that make wonderful houseplants.
Origin and Distribution
This plant was hybridized by Gitts in 2012. It is grown worldwide in the tropical and sub-polar regions for its beauty and sturdy appearance.
Gitts Crazy Dahlia Features
Foliage and Stem
This plant has robust foliage. The flowers are held up by multiple slender stems. The leaves grow in rows and are smaller in size than the flowers.
This stunning Dahlia species has breathtaking stellar-type flowers. These flowers have golden petals with a brush of rose purple. The new petals in the center are all hue-violet. The petals have a gorgeous purple underside. The creased petals with other-worldly colors give a sunset vibe. These flowers are 7 inches in diameter.
This species from the Asteraceae family is an evergreen plant that remains green and fresh throughout the year. Its foliage remains functional even in autumn. Its leaves only fall when they are old and dry.
Gitts Crazy Dahlia is a perfect plant for your home gardens or your living rooms because it has got an average plant height. It attains a mature height of 5 to 6 feet. Imagine a 5 feet tall plant with mesmerizing flowers growing in your home garden. It feels pleasant, doesn’t it?
Somewhat cool-warm is this plant’s vibe. It can tolerate a little cool temperature; it can also tolerate a little warmer spot. But, extreme temperatures are a big No-No. It cannot tolerate a temperature lower than 10°C. You can also grow it indoors at room temperature, where the temperature does not fluctuate much.
This plant loves high humidity for sure; however, it does not mean that it cannot survive the normal indoor humidity. It can keep going through in humidity as low as 50%. If you are growing this beautiful Dahlia in a home garden, you do not have to worry about the humidity level much. However, if you have this pretty Gitts plant indoors, you have to regulate the moisture level around it to some extent. Try misting the plant once in a while. But, do not let the foliage stay wet for long; otherwise, your plant may get a fungal infection.
The deep roots of this plant are capable of retaining and storing water. This ability lets them survive harsh conditions and droughts. These roots make this plant quite drought-resistant.
Disease and Pest Resistance
If you see some of the leaves of your Gitts Crazy Dahlia turning yellow for no reason, it might be due to a fungal disease. This plant is susceptible to some fungal infections. You can prevent them by keeping its foliage dry for most of the time. Stem rot is another disease that affects this plant. Some pests that you have to watch out for are aphids, mites, thrips, and leafhoppers.
This stunning plant is a fast-grower. New buds grow every week, and new leaves appear every fortnight. This plant reaches its maximum height in no time. You do not have to wait long to see blooms. This plant starts blooming from spring to summer, and new flowers grow every week. The best USDA plant growth zones for this lovely species are 8 and above.
This plant is a little poisonous for cats and dogs. If they consume its leaves or flowers in large quantities, they can get a GIT infection or dermatitis. This is why you should keep your pets away from this plant. Its foliage causes skin irritation in sunlight, so you must wear gloves while handling this plant.
Everyone loves Dahlias because they are so easy to take care of. Gitts Crazy Dahlia is a low-maintenance plant that does not need much care and maintenance. Even a person who has a black thumb can grow this sunset beauty easily.
This plant enters a resting period in winters and slows down its growth. Its tubers also go into dormancy. You do not have to worry if your Dahlia is not blooming during this stage; it is just hibernating! It comes back to life once winter is over.
Gitts Crazy Dahlia Care
Gitts Crazy Dahlia care involves watering it twice a week and keeping it under full sun. It prefers well-draining, slightly acidic soil with a pH of about 6.5-7. The humidity must be kept around 75%. The optimum temperature range is 20°– 22°C. The ideal growth zones are 8 and above.
This plant needs to drink a lot of water to bear those pleasant gorgeous flowers. You have to water it about twice a week. Keep in mind to water it thoroughly; this plant loves a pool of water. However, do not let it standing water. Always have a drainage hole at the bottom. This is to prevent the tubers from rotting due to standing water. You will have to water it more during hotter days.
Well-drained, rich, organic soil is recommended for this pretty Dahlia. The pH of the soil must be kept around 6.5-7, slightly acidic to neutral. Acidic soil helps the plant hold onto the nutrients. You can regulate the acidity of soil by spraying it with a little vinegar water. If you have heavier or clay soil at home, you can increase its drainage by adding a little sand, peat moss, and manure to it. This will increase the soil’s drainage, and it will help the excess water flow out of the drainage hole.
Gitts Crazy Dahlia is a sunlight-lover. It wants to be under the direct sun all the time. However, it does not mean that you leave your green fella outside in the scorching sun all the time. On hotter days, when the sun rays are scorching than ever, you have to protect the plant’s foliage from them. You can cover it with a shade cloth in hot summers. Normally 6 to 8 hours of sunlight is enough for its proper growth. You can also grow it indoors. This plant will do fine in an east-facing window where it will enjoy the morning sun.
The ideal temperature range for this lovely Dahlia species is 20°– 22°C. It is an average day temperature in tropical households. A little warmer temperature will also do fine. On the other hand, colder days are not appreciated. This plant is in no way a frost-hardy one; it is prone to chilly injuries. You should not place it in the way of hot or cold drafts.
This plant thrives in high humidity. High humidity levels keep its foliage fresh and shiny; the plant seems so lively and pleasing if the amount of moisture around it is according to its needs. The ideal humidity level for this plant is above 75%. In a home garden where there are many other plants growing too, this higher humidity level will be maintained automatically.
You have to add fertilizer to this plant after every 3 to 4 weeks. Proper feeding is important for plant’s growth and blooms. The best fertilizer for this plant is the organic or aquatic one. Your plant will not have to combat any side effects if you add an organic fertilizer to its soil. You can also use a liquid fertilizer, but make sure to use it in a diluted form. Before buying any fertilizer, make sure it is low on nitrogen. Always stick to the fertilization schedule because over-feeding will do more harm than good to your plant. An extra amount of fertilizer will lead to poor growth, no blooms, and burnt roots, and we don’t need that, right?
Grooming and Pruning
This tall, classy plant needs pruning just like every other plant fella out there. Occasional cutting and pruning keep it in shape and maintain its appealing appearance. The best time for pruning is just at the beginning of spring. Prune the old foliage first; cut down the dead ends and branches. Then move to the thicker part and cut down the leggy branches. Never forget to sterilize your shears before pruning your plant.
Re-potting the plant every year is essential to renew its soil and to provide it with more space to grow. Every year when the plant outgrows its pot, you have to re-plant it in a bigger pot. We recommend you use a 2 inch bigger pot than the old one. While re-potting, be really careful while placing the plant in the pot so that you do not damage any tubers.
This cultivar cannot be propagated by true seeds, so you will have to cultivate it from its stem cuttings or tubers. There’s no way you do not want a whole collection of this gorgeous Gitts Crazy Dahlia. If you have never propagated a plant before, here’s an easy guide to doing so by using Dahlia’s tubers:
- Take the mother plant and remove it from the pot.
- Cut a whole part from the plant by using a sharp knife.
- Make sure both parts have tubers.
- Take two separate pots, and fill them with soil.
- Place both in different pots and water them.
- Place them in a bright spot.
- You will observe new growths in two to three weeks.
Flowering plants are loved by all. There are many gorgeous flowering plants out there, but people fear growing them because they require a lot of care and maintenance. However, Gitts Crazy Dahlia is a stunning flowering plant that is low-maintenance and incredibly beautiful. It can be grown indoors as well as outdoors; this Dahlia species looks great in all spaces.