6 months to reach maturity
Dahlia 'Figaro Series' Overview
The Dahlia series 'Figaro' are great plants to use as bedding and in borders, they can also be used in pots or baskets. Dahlia 'Figaro Series' are dwarf versions with semi double flowers in a mixture of shade of red, pinks, oranges, yellows and whites. Occasionally marketed as Dahlia 'Figaro Mixed', regular watering and cutting flowers from this plant will improve performance. These plants have a dwarf growing habit; however, pinching out the growing tips in early summer will help it develop a bushier plant. The genus Dahlia contains 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. This cultivar is classed as being part of group 10, Miscellaneous (Misc) and Dwarf Bedding (DwB) types.
Common problems with Dahlia 'Figaro Series'
Dahlia tend to be affected by fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or grey mould if planted in poorly draining soil.
How to harvest Dahlia 'Figaro Series'
Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as required.
How to propagate Dahlia 'Figaro Series'
In spring take soft-wood cuttings from the shoots appearing from stored tubers.
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.
Lifted clumps of Dahlia's can be divided in late winter, ensuring each section has an 'eye' (growing tip).
Special features of Dahlia 'Figaro Series'
Attracts useful insects
It attracts beneficial pollinators such as butterflies, bees and moths.
Can be grown in large containers.
Brings colour to the garden during autumn months. Flowers range from red, orange, yellow, violet, white, to pink.
Other uses of Dahlia 'Figaro Series'
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.