Chocolate orange dahlia collection
- 2+1 FREE collections
- 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 (may need winter protection)
Looking good enough to eat the colours of these dahlias work so well together. Not only stunning in their own rights, they intensify each other for a ravishing display. Delightful in borders and pots they are equally at home in a vase so you just can't help picking more of them.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Arabian Night':Masses of fully double, dark wine-red flowers with slightly incurved petals from June until the first frosts. Under certain light the petals of this small dahlia appear almost black. An ideal companion for plum-coloured flowers and foliage plants, it needs a sheltered, sunny site with fertile, humus-rich soil. Grows to 120cm.
Dahlia 'New Baby':This wonderful dahlia makes a super contrast for rich plums and purples, but will also settle effortlessly into a hot-themed border. The flowerheads shape will help add textural interest to the border, while their colour, which intensifies as they mature, will give months of pleasure. Grows to 80cm.
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. Grows to 75cm.
- 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.