Fire opal 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)
Luxuriate in the warm sugary marmalade tones of these beautiful dahlias. They keep the summer going right into autumn with their long flowering period. Enjoy the warmth from these delicious additions to your garden in sheltered sunny borders and patio pots or use them to great effect in autumnal cut flower displays.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'David Howard':This miniature, decorative-type dahlia will happily grow at the front of a sheltered border or in a large patio pot. Flourishing in fertile, humus-rich soil, the fully double, soft burnt orange and dramatic dark purple-bronze leaves are perfect for an exotic border or hot planting scheme. Grows to 75cm.
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 terriffic when cut. Grows to 75cm.
Dahlia 'Mel's Orange Mramalade':If you like bold, bright colours then you are going to love this new dahlia. It will produce lots of large, cactus flowerheads from midsummer onwawrds, which not only look impressive but are also excellent for cutting. Mix it with harmonius shades of red and yellow, or rich purples for contrast. Grows to 80cm.
- 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.