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Dahlia Cactus Hybrids Mixed


A stunning mix delivering a profusion of large double blooms with pointed petals reaching 60cm in height.  Flowers Jul to late Oct. Ideal for pots, tubs, borders and beds. A half-hardy annual

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Dahlia Cactus Hybrids Mixed

Dahlia Cactus Hybrids Mixed. A stunning mix delivering a profusion of large double blooms with pointed petals reaching 60cm in height.  Flowers Jul to late Oct. Ideal for pots, tubs, borders and beds. A half-hardy annual.
Cultivation Advice 
  • Choose a sunny area with well-draining soil. Dahlias thrive in full sun, so aim for a spot that receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.
  • Plant tubers after the last frost date when the soil has warmed up. In regions with shorter growing seasons, consider starting tubers indoors a few weeks before transplanting.
  • Ensure the soil is loose, fertile, and well-draining. Incorporate organic matter like compost to improve soil structure and fertility.
  • Plant tubers about 4-6 inches deep with the eye (sprout) facing upward. Space tubers approximately 12-18 inches apart.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply once or twice a week, especially during dry periods or active growth stages.
  • Apply mulch around the plants to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Regularly remove weeds to minimize competition for nutrients.
  • Due to their taller nature, provide support with stakes or cages to prevent bending or toppling, especially as they grow and produce large blooms.
  • Use a balanced fertilizer or a higher phosphorus blend to support blooming. Apply fertilizer as directed on the package.
  • Regularly remove spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering. Pinch or cut faded flowers back to the nearest set of leaves.
  • After the first frost, lift tubers, allow them to dry for a few days, and store them in a cool, dry place. Replant in the spring.
  • Consistently inspect plants for signs of pests, diseases, or stress. Early detection allows for prompt treatment and minimizes damage.
  • Employ watering methods that deliver water directly to the soil to prevent wetting the foliage, which can invite fungal diseases. Adjust watering frequency based on weather conditions.
  • To encourage a bushier growth habit, pinch back the tips of young plants when they’re around 6-8 inches tall. This encourages lateral branching.
  • Regularly check soil moisture, especially during hot weather, and ensure adequate hydration without waterlogging.
  • Due to the potential height and weight of these blooms, ensure adequate support with stakes or cages to prevent bending or breaking of stems.
  • Implement preventive measures against common pests such as aphids or spider mites. Use organic remedies or beneficial insects for pest control.
  • Practice good garden hygiene by promptly removing and disposing of any diseased plant parts to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer or a bloom-boosting fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season to promote robust growth and continuous blooming.
  • Maintain a layer of organic mulch around the plants to retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and reduce weed growth.
  • Regularly harvest flowers for indoor arrangements to encourage more blooms and appreciate the vibrant, spiky flowers both outdoors and indoors.
  • Continuously remove spent flowers and trim back any dead or damaged stems to encourage continuous blooming and maintain a tidy appearance.
  • Monitor plant growth; if foliage appears excessive while blooming is limited, reduce nitrogen-rich fertilization and opt for a higher phosphorus blend to support flowering.
  • Pair Dahlias with companion plants like marigolds or petunias to enhance aesthetics and provide natural pest control.
  • Shield plants from strong winds or excessive sunlight by using temporary covers or shading during the hottest part of the day.
  • Monitor individual plants within the mix; some varieties might exhibit distinct growth habits or bloom colors. Note these observations for future planning
  • If planted in containers, be vigilant about soil moisture levels as containers tend to dry out faster. Adjust watering frequency accordingly.
  • Regularly check and maintain soil pH within the optimal range (slightly acidic to neutral) for healthy plant growth.
  • If planning to store tubers for winter, ensure they are completely dry before storing them in a cool, dry place to prevent rot.
  • Embrace the diverse colors and shapes of the spiky blooms within the Dahlia Cactus Hybrids Mixed.
  • Explore different planting arrangements or combinations within your garden to showcase the variety of colors and sizes offered by the mixed blooms.

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