Dahlia 'Twyning's After Eight'
single dahlia tuber
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: white with a soft pink flush
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
A decorative form that forms attractive mounds of deep purple foliage, which looks almost black in certain lights. From mid summer until the first frosts, this is topped with branching, upright stems, carrying single, near-white flowers. The contrast is superb and will add real interest to the border. Alternatively, pot it up and place it on the patio, wher it will add a colourful splash for many months of the year. This is a cracking dahlia, that has been given the prestigeous Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
- 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.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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Comments about Crocus Dahlia'Twyning's After Eight':
I just cant believe someone gave a low score because insects attacked the plant. Thats like blaming the plant for dying in the frost if you leave it out, or blaming the Hosta when the slug eats it?
These dahlias, singles and doubles are great for insects, pollinating ones, and in my opinion far more attractive than the closed up, multi petalled, pom pom types.
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- Keen but clueless
- Eaten By Earwigs
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Comments about Dahlia 'Twyning's After Eight':
These were quite expensive. I planted them and they grew. (I also planted some other dahlias from a bargain shop at the same time.)
These were eaten by earwigs. The other, cheaper dahlias did not.
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Q:Plants for outside my front door
Hi Crocus I live in a flat and have pots outside my external front door. What plants can I grow in pots, in semi shade that will attract the bees? Thank you for your help. Kind regards GuyAsked on 29/7/2009 by Guy Smith
A:Hello Guy, The following plants would be suitable for your pots. Forget-me-not (Myosotis species) Bellflowers (Campanula species) Cranesbill (Geranium species) Dahlia - single-flowered species and cultivars Hellebores (Helleborus species) Japanese anemone (Anemone ?? hybrida) Fritillaries (Fritillaria species) Grape hyacinth (Muscari species) Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) Box (Buxus sempervirens) Christmas box (Sarcococca species) I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 30/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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