However you pronounce it, the dahlia has many other names … From Park Princess to Tutti Frutti. Which ever variety you’re growing this year, this is our worm’s eye view on dahlias. Here’s a link for more info A worm’s eye view on dahlias
In short, Dahlias like a fertile, moist but well-drained soil, and a sunny, sheltered spot. Dahlias hate the cold. They perish in frosts, and thoroughly dislike damp and wet soil. Back what they like. They like watering thoroughly, once a week, and feeding fortnightly – using a high potash feed, like tomatoes. There you go. Oh yes, the taller varieties need staking.
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If growing dahlias indoors, you can harden them off in a cold frame, before planting in their final positions. Here’s one we made earlier …
Here’s our guide to building a cold fame
Make your own cold frame – we did. If it helps, here’s a pdf to download and use – click this link to open a new page
That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise, on dahlias, from the experts
Including protecting your plants from slugs advice.
Great direction, packed full of links and further reading
Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.
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