Dahlia for Cutting Mixture

Grow your own cut flowers with a selection of mixed dahlias! Hand-picked from our range of dahlia tubers including cactus, decorative, dark leaved and pompom dahlias. Enjoy an amazing array of colours in your garden and your home throughout the summer, until the first frosts.

£15.00 (inc. VAT)

Pack of 5 bulb(s)

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Specifications:

  • Colour: Mixed
  • Height: 100cm

    Good For:

    • Beds/borders
    • Cut flowers

    How to grow:

    • Hardiness: Protect from frost
    • Soil Type: Moist but well drained
    • Position: Full sun
    • Bulbs per m2: 5
    • Planting depth: 15cm

    More Information

    Dahlia for Cutting Mixture, are a hugely diverse and important part of a summer garden. There are so many different types to suit all tastes, from big and colourful, to simple single flowers. The great benefit of dahlias are that they flower into early autumn. They will produce an endless supply of flowers from July to October. They are also great space fillers, with luscious foliage that varies from bright green to deep dark purple. Our cutting mixture will contain a hand selected mix of cactus, decorative and single dahlia tubers. Some of the larger heads of dinnerplate dahlias don’t work well as a cut flower because they are simply too heavy to stay in a vase. As dahlias produce multiple flowers over the season, they are the perfect plant for taking cuttings without having to have a dedicated ‘cutting area’. To get the best out of them they require a few steps but otherwise they are easy to grow and bounce back very quickly after any damage.

    How to plant your Dahlia Tubers

    Dahlia tubers are not frost resistant and depending on your climate it is better to keep them out of the ground for hard frosts. If you live in milder weather, you can leave them in the ground and give them a very good covering with mulch. To be on the safe side we suggest starting the tubers in pots. Placed in a cold store or green house the tubers can start to put on growth. The pots only have to be big enough to house the plant until the frosts have passed in April. Use a well-draining soil and give them a good initial soak. They can rot so be careful not to over water. Also, the neck of the bulbous parts can break very easily but the dahlia will be able to survive if most of these are intact. These are really just swollen roots that store food for the plant. Don’t worry if they feel loose as a good watering will firm them up.

    At this stage once some shoots have developed it is possible to take cuttings. The important part of the dahlia is the central stalk. This is where the shoots will start. When taking a cutting take a little of the tuber with the shoot and place in a new pot.

    Once the threat of frost has passed, plant your dahlia tubers in a sunny position. Consider how big they will grow, they can reach a 60cm spread and up to 120cm in height. Tall dahlias will need staking. They like a good amount of water in free draining soil.

    At this stage watch out for slugs on the new growth. Once the plants have established, they can be attacked by aphids. A spray of water and washing up liquid is a good solution to avoid harmful chemicals.

    It is also recommended that you snip out the first buds of flowers. This promotes much more prolific flowering.

    Finally, remember to deadhead throughout the flowering season, this will help encourage more flowers as well as promote a bushier growth habit – making for a fuller looking plant!

    Storing Dahlia Tubers

    Dahlias are not frost hardy and will need to be lifted again in November. At the end of the growing season, you can dig your Dahlia tubers up gently and store them for replanting the following Spring. Cut off all but about 15cm of top growth before doing so, and allow them to dry before storing them in a ventilated box or basket filled with slightly moist sand or vermiculite, and in a cool, dry place. Don’t forget to label them!

    Keep the tubers moist throughout the Winter and cut away any sign of rot, replant as soon as the last frosts have come and gone.

    Here is a video from last season What to do with Dahlias in the Winter >.

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