Best red dahlia collection - 6+3 Free tubers
- 2+1 FREE collections
- 1 collection
- Standard (dispatched separately)
Buy the collection of 3 dahlias (1 of each variety) for £14.99 or buy 2 collections for £29.98 and get another collection FREE.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- 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 'All Directions': Chosen for its impressive 10cm wide flowerheads, which open from bud a sumptuous shade of red, but then fade to warm vermilion as the season progresses. Its flaming colour really stood out in the trial beds - particularly when set against the backdrop of rich green foliage. Grows to 1.2m.
Dahlia 'Red Fox': Fabulous when planted in a border with deep purple, rich orange or yellow, this ball dahlia will also look dazzling against a backdrop of silvery foliage. It flowers freely from midsummer to mid-autumn, and the flowers last a long time in a vase. Grows to 80cm.
Dahlia 'Jive': The flowerheads of this eye-catching dahlia are slightly variable, being a mixture of single or anemone-shaped, while their 'petals' are initially pink-tinted scarlet, but turn a warm orange-red as they age. Their lush green foliage, which is lacier than many other forms, is also attractive, and adds further to the appeal. Grows to 1.2m.
- 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 overcrowded. 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.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs