Strawberry marmalade 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 'Jowey Marilyn': Forming spherical burgundy-coloured heads, which top dark-stained stems over several months from midsummer, the opulent colouring of this dahlia makes it very easy to place in the border. Use it to add body to softer shades of pink and purple, or team it with acid green for a stunning contrast. Grows to 1m.
Dahlia 'City of Leiden': Apricot-pink, cactus flowerheads top dark stems, which rise above bronze-flushed foliage, putting on a great show from midsummer onwards. A reliable performer, it is relatively compact, so can also be grown in pots on the patio. Good for cutting too. Grows to 60cm.
Dahlia 'Glorie van Noordwijk': Magnificent flowerheads consisting of a mass of warm, copper-orange petals, emerge from rounded buds over several months from midsummer. Each head grows to around 20cm across, so they put on a really dazzling display - and they look sublime when teamed with rich plums, velvety reds and golden tones. Grows to 90cm.
- 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.
- Humans/Pets: Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten