Puriri Lane | Dahlia | Night Butterfly

Dahlia | Night Butterfly

Regular price $12.00 Save $-12.00

Night Butterfly is a particularly gorgeous and elegant collarette Dahlia that has velvety deep red petals that are adorned with small ruffled white petals at their centres. 

A prolific flowerer the flowers are approximately 7-10cm in diameter and seem to stay standing nice and straight and don't flop over, even in wet weather.

A great choice as both a cut flower as it has an excellent vase life as well as one to showcase in your flower border.  Cutting your Dahlias will keep your plants flowering profusely so you can have armfuls to decorate inside as well as having them on show in your garden. These also look particularly pretty floating in a shallow bowl as a centrepiece on a table.

As with all Dahlias, flowering is best in full sun but a little bit of light shade particularly in hotter areas is always appreciated. This little beauty is a multiple award winner and we can see why.

Dahlias like to have consistent moisture to perform to their best through the growing season so be sure not to let your soil dry out - we mulch our dahlias to ensure that moisture is retained particularly as they are a late summer flowering plant and it is always hot at that time of the year. 

As mentioned previously this is a collarette dahlia which produces small to medium flowers in size that have large flat ray petals surrounded by an open centre.  Within the ray of petals and surrounding centre is a little wreath of shorter petals often of a different colour - this forms what is known as the "collar" and these varieties certainly are eye catching!

Dahlias originally hail from Central and South America and in particular Mexico where they are in fact the national flower. Interestingly it is said that the Aztecs used the tubes as a food crop as well as for medicinal purposes. The botanists back in the 17th century however soon discovered the beauty of the flowers.  There are actually 20,000 Dahlia varieties and interestingly every variety is a descendant from one of the original species such as Dahlia rossea so if you are an addict like I am you are going to need a big garden!!

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.

Plant after your last spring frost.  You can read more about growing Dahlias on our Garden Journal here.

Fertilize monthly with water-soluble fertilizer  - we use Seasol a few times during the growing season. 

Height 90cm - 1m

Price is for 1 Tuber

If you are ordering plants you can get up to 12 plants or a selection of plants, gifts and garden-wares into a box for the below rates 
      • Auckland City | $10
      • Upper North Island | $20 (Northland)
      • Middle North Island | $20 (Bay of Plenty & Waikato)
      • Lower North Island | $20
      • South Island | $25
      • Waiheke - Please select Rural Delivery at checkout
      • Outer lying islands, please contact us for a quote.
Smaller items such as books, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which you will see at checkout - From $6

Upon checking out, the freight charged is applied based on your location.  If you are rural please select the rural option as rural delivery is an additional $7 Please note the courier will not release your order for delivery if the incorrect option has been selected and we will email you re settlement of the outstanding amount.  

  • All of our orders are dispatched using Aramex (formerly Fastways) fully tracked service   
  • Our freight is calculated by weight and volume.  For plant orders, you may wish to order the maximum number of plants that will fit in a box to make freight more cost-effective or perhaps share an order with a friend
  • Plant orders will only be dispatched on Monday's and Tuesday's this will ensure that your order is not held in a depot over the weekend
  • All parcels are set at "Authority to leave" which means if you're not home at the time of delivery the courier will leave your parcel in a safe place on your property
  • Most Aramex deliveries are a two-day service with the exception of rural delivery which may add up to two days.
  • If you are wanting more than twelve plants, get in contact with us for a quote for freight
  • Corten steel garden stakes are considered over size for rural delivery so these can be sent but you will need to collect these from your local depot 

All rates detailed are for parcels up to 15kgs

Please note that on occasion Aramex may deem an area to be rural where other companies may not, this unfortunately is outside of our control as Aramex are the preferred courier for live plants, as other couriers will not transport them. Where this occurs we will need to get in touch to get you to deposit the additional rural fee


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