Dahlia - Dandy Mixed are a compact bedding selection which will add colour to your borders, beds and patio. The long lasting blooms in a range of colours and forms, also make lovely cut flowers.
Dahlias are easy to grow from seed and they continue to flower into late autumn providing colour and interest when most other summer flowers have faded or run to seed.
|When to sow
|Indoors February to May.
|Where to sow
|Sow on the surface of moist compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite.
|Place in a warm position (temperature of 18 to 20°C (65 to 68°F) is ideal) or place in a heated propagator.
|Keep the compost moist and do not exclude light as this helps germination.
|What to do next
|Once germination takes place, move into cooler conditions to grow on.
|Once the risk of frost has passed, harden off for 7 to 10 days and then transplant seedlings into final growing position planting them 30cm (12in) apart.
|Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails.
|Keep well watered especially during dry periods.
|July to October
|Deadheading flowers will prolong the flowering season.
|After the first frosts when the foliage has died back, remove the tubers from the ground, place in a cardboard box and store in a garage or greenhouse to 'overwinter'. Replant the following spring once the risk of frost has passed.
|Cut Flower/ Patio or container plant/ Flowering border plant
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