Dahlia 'Nuit d'Eté'
semi-cactus dahlia (syn. Summer Night ) tuber
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Start Dahlia tubers in pots and keep them in a light frost-free place until planting out time which is early June. Try to get them up to a foot in height, because then they will be less attractive to slugs.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Flower colour: dark maroon
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy
A fashionably dark maroon cactus dahlia that is great for the 'bruised' themed borders. The fully double flowers have long, narrow, pointed petals that recurve for more half their length. This dahlia looks great planted in bold groups in a sunny, sheltered border. The flowers are produced from July until the first frosts, when the tubers should be lifted for over-wintering in a frost-free place.
- Garden care: Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant them horizontally approximately 12cm deep, making sure the ‘eyes’ are uppermost. Allow enough room between each tuber so the plants can grow and spread to their full size without being over-crowded. While in growth, provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Stake with canes or brushwood if it becomes necessary. In mild areas, leave them in situ over winter, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch. In colder areas, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frosts have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.
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Q:Hi, my Dahlias are very leafy at the base. I wondered if I should cut off the bottom leaves to give more energy to the rest of the plant?
Also, is it true, that one should snip off the two lateral buds to allow the primary bud to grow a larger flower?Asked on 10/8/2016 by Alchemical from east wales
How much a dahlia should be pruned is entirely up to the grower - and what the dahlias are being grown for. If they are for a show, and bigger flowers are required, the lateral buds are usually removed, however for the home garden, this is not necessary.
As for removing the lower foliage, there are two schools of thought. If you do remove some of the lower leaves and lateral growth, then it will cut down on the space that pests and diseases may flourish, but these leave will also provide shade, which helps retain moisture and humidity around the plant - and that is what dahlias like.Answered on 12/8/2016 by Anonymous
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