Dahlia's in Containers
I purchased two Dahlia's (container variety) from Home Depot last month, one bright Pink and the other Cream colored and planted them both together in a large container on my deck. Since I have planted them, the pink is no longer as bright and vibrant as it was when I purchased it, it's more of a light washed out pink and I'm wondering what I might have did/or didn't do to cause this. The other question is regarding the flower, after it's finished blooming, do I just cut the heads of the flower off or the stem too? At first I just took the flower head off but then the plant looked funny with all these long stems sticking out with nothing on them, so I cut the stems back too. Is this okay to do? Is anyone else growing the small Dahlias?
My grandmother had these in her garden and every fall they would bloom such wonderful fall colors or burnt orange, yellow and deep burgandy, and they seemed to bloom forever or at least up until frost.
Thanks in advance for any responses.