Whether it’s for the garden or allotment, Dahlias are a real must! Coming in all shapes and sizes, their wide range of bright and vibrant blooms will create fantastic, eye-catching displays all summer long, continuing until the first autumn frosts.
Not only do their stunning blooms attract beneficial insects and pollinators, they are one of the only garden plants that yield massive amounts of cut flowers while being such little maintenance. What’s more they are suitable for all spaces, so big or small, they will succeed whether planted in beds, borders or containers.
How to Grow Dahlia Tubers
Start off indoors, in pots, in March then plant out from mid-May. Set out tubers, spacing them 60cm (2ft) apart and with the crown about 5-7cm (2-3in) below soil level. Water well in dry weather and mulch with well-rotted compost or manure to keep down weeds. Feed regularly, using a high nitrogen liquid fertiliser while plants are developing and changing to a tomato type fertiliser during the main flowering period. Tie plants to their stakes as they develop and dead-head regularly to prolong flowering.
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