Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias

Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias

Serving up some dinnerplate dahlias

Dinnerplate Dahlias Big Brother, Cafe au Lait, Fleurel
Dinnerplate Dahlias: Big Brother, Cafe au Lait, Fleurel

Dinnerplate dahlias are no shrinking violets; their presence is bold, beautiful and often times bigger than a vase can hold, and short stems certainly don’t help matters. Because the blossoms are bodaciously broad, bud vases topple and mason jars are too short and a little too pedestrian for this grand dame of the summer season.

dinnerplate dahlias cafe au lait big brother

As a yard-sale aficionado, and thrifty guy to boot, I’ve found a worthy dinnerplate dahlia vessel in the crystal decanter as a presentation pedestal of sorts. Why a spirit decanter? Well for starters, they’re usually shiny and sparkly, which is enough for me; but there are also practical reasons in addition to the aesthetic considerations.

Big flower, short stems
Decanters are perfect for a big flower with a short stem


  • heavier than most vases
  • prettier than most vases
  • at least ten inches in height
  • allow for water to reach throat of dahlia
  • narrow neck supports a huge flower
  • bulbous base prevents toppling
  • easy-to-find at thrift shops and yard sales
  • dramatic in groupings
  • relatively inexpensive, especially if sporting a few chips or nicks

decanters for daze

I think I paid less than $5 for any of my decanters, and while most have some wear and tear, all it takes is one large dahlia to shift the attention. And as an added benefit, I hear in the off season, they hold wine just fine.

dinnerplate dahlias decanters
Dahlias on a worthy, water-filled pedestal
I call this photo "Clash of the Titans."
I call this photo “Clash of the Titans.”

7 thoughts on “Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias”

  • A timely post! I just cut my first dahlia of the year–a monster sized Fleurel-all white and gorgeous. And the stem??–a whopping THREE inches long. Hmmmmm. I’m thinking coffee cup-LOL!

  • What a great idea, Tom! They look so pretty in their lovely, topple-free containers. Used to have some real giants but, alas, no longer have them – long story!

  • Love the dahlias. Love the crystal decanters. So much ancestral history behind them and you are very fortunate to have inherited them with a few chipped scars of life.They had showcased with pride in so many family homes.

    V and the Furry Gang send their regards to you and the delightful Buddy.

  • Gorgeous, bodacious beauties but…mine always seem to harbour fugitive earwigs. Yuch! What’s your secret? Nothing worse than setting a bevy of these on the dinner table and then watching earwigs jump ship onto the linen napkins.

    • Hi Sandra, I have a very low-tech technique: simply hold the flower by the back of the flower head and shake gently flower face down. I do this once in the cutting field, and then once again before bringing inside. It seems to work most of the time. Earwigs are poor dinner companions, indeed!

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