Dahlias were commonly grown by our grandparents, producing vibrant flowers throughout the warmers months.
They have been forgotten about in recent years, but deserve a position in the garden as they are so versatile and will produce colour for months.
Top tips for Dahlias
- If planting from tuber select strong firm tubers and plant into a well improved soil or large pot. Taller growing varieties will require staking and soil that has been improved with compost or sheep manure/cow manure.
- If planting from seedling soak in a solution of Seasol (30mL per 9 litres of water – standard watering can or bucket) for at least 1 hour before planting.
- Keep plants away from the hot summer winds and as they grow nip the tips out to encourage more stems in beginning. This will result in more flowering stems and ultimately more flowers. Apply Seasol and PowerFeed for Flowers, Fruit & Citrus (30mL Seasol and 50mL PowerFeed per 9 litres of water – standard watering can) every 2 to 4 weeks for masses of stunning blooms.
Dahlias will perform brilliantly mass planted in large pots and will add both foliage and flower colour to a sunny verandah, terrace or balcony.