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Mixed Dahlias for Cutting

£6.60 (inc. VAT)

Pack of 9 bulbs

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Mixed Dahlias for Cutting

Dahlias 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 benefits of dahlias are that they flower into early autumn. The 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 mix will contain a mixture of pom-pom, 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

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 a 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, place a your dahlia tuber in a sunny position. Consider how big the dahlia will get. They can give 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.

Autumn care

Once frost look like they are ready to return it is time to cut the dahlia back and lift them. Snip the stems about 5cm from the collar, remove as much of the soil as you can and place in a container that allows for air movement. Don’t forget to label them!

Here is a video from last season https://vimeo.com/641879555

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Specifications:

  • Colour: Mixed colours
  • Height: 100cm

    Good For:

    • Beds and 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
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