Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: orange-red
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
The colouring of this gorgeous Dahlia is hard to describe. The flowers are a peachy-orange with a red flush - like a really spectacular sunset, and the foliage is dark and brooding, so creates an impressive backdrop. A late-summer treat for the herbaceous border, or a good-sized pot.
- 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:What size (approximate diameter) are the flowers, please?Asked on 20/11/2014 by Eleanor from South West Scotland
The flowers will be approx 8cm diameter. Hope this helps.Answered on 21/11/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:How tall does dahlia variety "Waltzing Matilda" grow? Margret S...Asked on 3/3/2013 by Margaret S.............. from Nottingham
This Dahlia will grow to approximately 60cm high and 30cm wide. If you would like to find this information on our site, you can find it to the right of the main body of text - please just click on the following link to go straight to it.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/dahlia-waltzing-matilda/classid.2000017770/Answered on 3/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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 7/29/2009 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 7/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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