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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!

A week of how do you say it … dahlia cartoons. Here’s a recap … happy Sunday gardening

  • cartoon about growing dahlias. This cartoon shows too worms looking at a group of different dahlia varieties. One worm say” I can name every dahlia variety.” he continues, “ Cactus, semi-cactus, pom pom, ball, waterlily, anemone, decorative, colarette … single,” The other warm, “I can see why”
  • A cartoon about growing dahlias. This cartoon shows two worms in a plant pot with a dahlia tuber. the text on the cartoon leads, ‘Pot up dahlia tubers in May/April to start your tubers off indoors. Pllant out dahlias after the last frost.’ Looking at the tuber One worm says” They named them after Ander dahl.” The other worm says, “what, tubers?”
  • A cartoon about growing dahlias. This cartoon shows two worms in a plant pot with a dahlia tuber. the text on the cartoon reads, ‘When planting Dahlias' space about sixty centimetres, 2 feet apart; planting so the tuber neck is about ten centimetres deep.’ Looking at the tuber One worm, looking at the neck of the tuber says” Plant tail down head up.” The other worm, is upside down looking at the tail, it says, “OK”
  • A cartoon about growing dahlias. This cartoon shows two worms in a border with an area planted with dahlia tubers. The soil has been staked ready for them to grow up. In the background the sky is dark and overcast, rain is imminent. The copy reads: Once planted DO NOT WATER dahlias, unless the soil is particularly dry. Too much water will rot the tuber. One worm says to the other worm” I’d check the weather before planting out your tubers”
  • 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”

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.

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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