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Not a variety I know of, dahlia maintenance?

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!

For your dahlias to be flowering any time June, July, maintenance is key. Keep watering, feeding, tying in, and protecting them from pests. When the time comes, add deadheading to your list of tasks. If you’re growing dahlias, or thinking of growing dahlias, this is our worm’s eye view on dahlias. Here’s a link to our page, A worm’s eye view on dahlias

A cartoon about growing dahlias. This cartoon shows two worms iin the soil looking at dahlia shoots. One os rounded, the other is pointed. The text on the cartoon reads, ‘Ongoing dahlia care: Regularly pick flowers or deadhead. Water once a week and feed fortnightly/‘ Looking at the stems One worm says” The round buds make new flowers. Deadhead the buds with points..” The other worm says, “And what do points make?”

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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