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Who dun it? The princess or Mr Optimist?

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 8:42am

Dahlias are invaluable for the summer border, in patio containers or as cut flowers, often flowering until the first frosts.

The 2019 collection at Griffins has an array of colour, heights and varieties to choose from.

Park Princess

This is a magnificent cactus dahlia with its masses of showy, bright pink flowers delicately exhibiting their creamy yellow centres. No wonder it has won multiple awards.

It’s perfect for your patio and border. Due to the low, compact growth and the stunning richness of pink flowers, it will look magnificent in flower planters.

Mr Optimist

Just the sight of these cheery, perfectly formed blossoms will lift your spirits. Mr Optimist is true to his name through and through! Customers rave about this tuber’s production. It’s known for growing faster and blooms earlier than all other varieties. This dahlia is great for a show in the garden or for flower arrangers who loves plants with lots of flowers!

Who Dun It

This fantastic dahlia is a true show-stopper!

The flower starts out bright white in the centre, turning to a brilliant magenta at the edges. Its dinner plate-size blossoms with masses of brilliantly coloured petals will be the pride of your garden.

Thomas Edison

This is huge and magnificent with deep purple blossoms. This dahila grows to four feet with large double flowers that bloom from mid-summer till late autumn. A true winner in your garden.

Top tips

Dahlias need a sunny location to thrive. They love early morning sun, which is great because many other plants will not like this aspect.

Try to prepare your flower beds a few weeks before planting. Use well-rotted farmyard manure on the bottom of the bed and cover this with more soil so that the tubers don't actually come into direct contact with it. A good slow release compost should be mixed in as well as John Innes Multipurpose Compost. If your soil is very heavy, add plenty of grit.

The ground should be allowed to warm up before planting dahlia tubers. Do not water the bulbs after planting. I always soak the dahlias in a solution of tomato food for a few hours before planting, and leave them to nature after this.

Over-watering can cause tubers to rot. If you had difficulty previously with bulbs and dahilas, plant them up in pots first and then transfer into flower beds.

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