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How to grow dahlias. With a little effort you can grow dahlias that put on a show of flowers from June to the first frosts. Dahlias come in a wide range of varieties, colours and sizes. Summer isn’t summer without them!

If planting out new tubers or dividing your stored ones from last year, good to know you can plant any tuber from the size of an AA battery – with a head, neck and tail. 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

A cartoon about growing dahlias. This cartoon shows two worms in a border with an area planted with dahlia tuber. In the soil next to the tuber is a random AA battery.The copy reads: The bigger the tuber the bigger the dahlia is a myth. One worm says to the other worm” Legend has it you can plant tubers from the size of an AA battery” The other warm thinks to itself, “Knowledge is power”

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.

Gardener’s World talk about how to grow dahlias

Dahlia growing guide from the RHS

Three Acres Farm’ A beginners guide to growing dahlias

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading

Year-round garden pruning guide

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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