A touch of velvet dahlia collection 6+3 Free tubers
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Buy the collection of 3 Dahlias (1 of each variety) for £9.99 or buy 2 collections for £19.98 and get another collection FREE
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: Bruised tones
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
Add sumptuous colour to your borders with these lavish-looking dahlias. They will start to flower in midsummer and if cut regularly (they make long-lived additions to the vase) they will continue to bloom well into autumn.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Bishop of Canterbury':Bright magenta flowers create a dazzling contrast with the bronze-flushed foliage from midsummer onwards. They act as a magnet for bees and other pollinating insects and will last for ages when cut and added to a vase. A bold and colourful addition to a mixed or herbaceous border.
Dahlia 'Karma Choc ':The combination of the near-black, dark red flowers and the bronze-flushed foliage is a winner. The flowers, which keep appearing throughout the summer (especially if you keep picking them for the vase), are chocolate-scented and look like velvet - really plush and lovely. Plant it with other late summer bloomers with rich purple and plum coloured flowers. It also makes a wonderful contrast to silvery tones.
Dahlia 'Jescot Julie':Each ray floret (petal) has a sumptuous burnt orange upper surface and a rich plum base, which creates an interesting and colourful mix. They look sensational when mixed with deep, blood reds and dark golden tones. Growing up to 8cm across, the flowers appear in small clusters on the upright stems for a really long time from midsummer to the first frosts. They are also terrific when cut.
- Garden care: Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant them horizontally approximately 12cm deep, making sure the ‘eyes’ are uppermost. Allow enough room between each tuber so the plants can grow and spread to their full size without being over-crowded. While in growth, provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Stake with canes or brushwood if it becomes necessary. In mild areas, leave them in situ over winter, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch. In colder areas, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frosts have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.