Blockbuster dahlias for bees, butterflies and pots
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- 2+1 FREE collections
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- 1 collection
- Standard £4.95
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
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection)
Lots of Dahlias grow way too big for pots all of these dahlias grow only up to 30cm (12 inches) which makes them much more managageble in pots on the patio. There really is something for everyone in this 'blockbuster' collection of dahlias.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
- Dahlia 'Star Wars'
A compact dahlia with bronze-flushed foliage and dazzling, yellow-centred, pinkish-orange blooms, which not only look colourful, but are ideal for encouraging bees and other pollinating insects into the garden. They are particularly well-suited for pots and containers, where they will provide lashings of colour over a long period from midsummer. The flowers will also last well if cut and added to a vase.
- Dahlia 'Braveheart'
The colouring of these flowerheads is quite striking, particularly when seen against the backdrop of the bronze foliage. Excellent for cutting, these single flowers will also attract bees and other pollinating insects into the garden. Low-growing and compact in habit, it will create quite an impact in seasonal bedding displays and pots.
- Dahlia 'Pretty Woman'
The pretty, single flowerheads consist of a row of sugar pink 'petals', which become a darker shade at their base. These surround a dark pink central disc, thet turns golden-yellow as it ages. The flowerheads top upright stems and contrast beautifully with the bronze-flushed foliage. Its compact habit makes it perfect for pots and the flowers are also excellent for cut arrangements.
- 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.