Star-like dahlia collection 6+3 Free tubers
- 2+1 FREE collections
- 1 collection
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)
The charming star-shaped flowers of the dahlias in this collection will add a light touch to both borders and pots, mixing beautifully with other herbaceous plants. Members of the single orchid class of dahlias the delicately quilled flowers are produced in profusion for a long period and the simple open flowers are loved by bees and butterflies. Stunning additions to the vase.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Honka':Simple, star-like, yellow flowers with a light fragrance, top sturdy stems from midsummer. Each flower is made up of eight petals, which curl inwards towards their tip, around a bright orange center. Perfect for planting in pots on the patio as the tubers must be lifted and over-wintered in a frost-free place in all but the warmest areas. Grows to 60cm.
Dahlia 'Honka Red':Loads of bright red star-like flowerheads, each with a contrasting yellow eye, top the upright stems for several months from midsummer. A cheerful addition to the border (or patio pots), it also looks great in a vase. Grows to 60cm.
Dahlia 'Honka Fragile': Radiating out from the yellow eye, a single row of long, inrolled petals, each with a fine red edge, create a perfectly formed whirligig that sits above the mound of foliage on long slender stems. Great for herbaceous borders - and for cutting. 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.