Dahlia 'David Howard'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Flower colour: soft burnt-orange
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy
This miniature, decorative-type dahlia will happily grow at the front of a sheltered border or in a large patio pot. Flourishing in fertile, humus-rich soil, the fully double, soft burnt-orange flowers and dramatic, dark purple-bronze leaves are perfect for an exotic-type border or hot planting scheme.
- Garden care: Provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Once the first frosts have blackened the foliage carefully lift and clean the tubers and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite. Store in a frost-free place, checking frequently over the winter months.
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Comments about Crocus Dahlia'David Howard':
I bought this dahlia in late 2012 and didn't see it bloom but the foliage was fantastic, I left it to die back and then placed it in a unheated greenhouse and to my shame only discovered it by accident re growing in late May 2013. I planted it out with Fuchsia Annabel and a purple lavender and it is fantastic. Although the lavender has been over shadowed by the other two this dahlia David Howard is a must for any pot/borderon its own.Fingers crossed I can abandon it again this year and re discover it next year in the same wonderful condition, go on give it a try.
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Tender perennials, such as pelargoniums, fuchsias, osteospermums and marguerites look great all summer, but unless they are given protection from the harsh winter weather, they will need to be replaced each spring. If you can do this, they will last for yRead full article