Dahlia | Natal
A high yielding, small, burgundy ball-type dahlia. Flowers are about 5cm across and are a staple for our mixed bouquets because of their quick-growing, prolific nature.
Dahlias | Preparation
Prepare your garden beds well. Dahlias prefer well-drained, acidic loam but will grow relatively well in any soil as long as it isn’t too wet. Dig down approximately 20-30cm and amend the soil by adding compost to increase the porosity and nutrient density as dahlias are big feeders.
Lay the tuber sprout-side up 7-8cm deep in a trench and cover it over with the prepared soil. Dahlias need to be kept weed free. Mulch around the plants to prevent weeds and conserve moisture. Pinch back the terminal bud or the primary growing tip when the plant is about 40cm tall to enforce good branching and structure and increase budding. Provide plenty of water to your plants. Water plants deeply once or twice per week. Big dahlias will need a support structure such as mesh which is what we use or corral them in with twine to keep the heavy blooms from bending to the ground.
Fertilize monthly with water-soluble fertilizer - we use Seasol a few times during the growing season.
Price is for 1 Tuber
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