3 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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The genus Dahlia contains many famous and rewarding summer bulbs that produce dazzling displays from summer to autumn. It contains around 38 species which have large tuberous root systems which produce bushy, herbaceous, bamboo-like stems. Around 20,000 cultivars 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.
Common problems with Dahlia
Dahlia have a tendency to be affected by fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or grey mould if planted in poorly draining soil.
How to harvest Dahlia
Harvest flowers during mid-summer months.
How to propagate Dahlia
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).
Special features of Dahlia
Attracts useful insects
It attracts beneficial pollinators such as butterflies, bees and moths.
Brings colour to the garden during autumn months. Flowers range from red, orange, yellow, violet, white, to pink.
Can be grown in large containers.
Other uses of Dahlia
Grown as bedding plants or for their flower heads, which are good for cutting or exhibition. Suitable for coastal conditions.
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