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Miscellaneous Dahlia's Overview
The Miscellaneous Dahlia Group are dahlia's that don't fall into any of the standardised parameters of the other classification groups and also includes all species dahlia's. They can be a mixture of flower shapes, growth habits, floret arrangements and number. As group 10 Miscellaneous Type Dahlia cultivars come in a wide range of colours and sizes from giant to miniature, there will be a plant to suit every garden. Dwarf-bedding types (DwB) are a popular choice for summer display and are easily grown from seed. Regular watering and cutting flowers from this plant will improve performance. These plants may need staking; however, pinching out the growing tips in early summer will help it develop a bushier habit. The genus Dahlia contains around 20,000 cultivars which are predominantly derived from D. pinnata and D. coccinea. Most Dahlias are divided into groups based on the form of their flower heads, from dwarf varieties to tall bushes and even tree specimens. This group of cultivars can have the abbreviation (Misc) or the no. 10 included in their name.
Common problems with Miscellaneous Dahlia's
Dahlia tend to be affected by fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or grey mould if planted in poorly draining soil.
How to harvest Miscellaneous Dahlia's
Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as required.
How to propagate Miscellaneous Dahlia's
In spring take soft-wood cuttings from the shoots appearing from stored tubers.
Lifted clumps of Dahlia's can be divided in late winter, ensuring each section has an 'eye' (growing tip).
In early spring, sow seeds 0.5 cm deep into trays of pre-soaked compost. Place the tray in a sunny, warm position, keeping the temperature between 15 - 20 C. Seedlings should appear between 14 to 28 days. When large enough, prick out and replant 5 cm apart. Grow these on in slightly cooler conditions and acclimatise young plants ready to be planted out 30 cm apart as soon as the last frost has passed.
Special features of Miscellaneous Dahlia's
Brings colour to the garden during autumn months.
Attracts useful insects
It attracts beneficial pollinators such as butterflies, bees and moths.
Can be grown in large containers.
Other uses of Miscellaneous Dahlia's
Grown as bedding plants or for their flower heads, which are good for cutting or exhibition. Suitable for coastal conditions. Suits beds & borders of formal or informal gardens. It can also be grown for cut flowers on allotments or veg gardens. Equally happy in containers.