Dahlias are colourful plants ideal for use in mixed herbaceous or bedding borders to give a real splash of colour in late summer and early autumn. The plants will require regular, twice-weekly feeding and copious amounts of water in hot, dry conditions.
The tall flower stems will require regular staking and tying in, but this is well worth the trouble for the magnificent display that they produce. Larger flowers can be obtained by pinching out the side buds and just keeping the terminal buds. The plants should be lifted out of the ground once the foliage has died back in October and the tubers should be dried-off and stored in a frost free location in damp compost.
Resembling a whirligig, Dahlia Honka Fragile is a charmingly showy flower. It is an 'Orchid' dahlia, with a star shaped ring of single petals rolling inwards slightly, white with red edges, encircling a central yellow eye. Unusually for a dahlia, the flowers are slightly fragrant. The flowers are held above the mound of foliage on long slender stems. Flower arrangers will love this tuberous perennial, and it is great in herbaceous borders.
Tubers per pack: 5
Common Name: Star Dahlia
Hardiness: Half hardy
Height and Spread: 80cm x 40cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
Aspect: East, west or south facing, sheltered
Position: Full sun / Partial shade
Flowering Period: July – November
Planting: Plant outside after risk of frost has passed, 15cm deep, 55cm apart; or start off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring.
Care: Feed weekly, and water well in hot weather. The tall flower stems will require regular staking and tying in, but this is well worth the trouble for the magnificent display that they produce. Larger flowers can be obtained by pinching out the side buds and just keeping the terminal buds. Lift the tubers once the foliage has died back and store in a frost-free location in moist sand or compost.