Dahlia 'Honka'

1 tuber £4.99
available to order from winter 2021
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Dahlia 'Honka' star dahlia tuber: Simple star-shaped flowers

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection)

    Simple, star-like, yellow flowers with a light fragrance top sturdy stems from midsummer. Each flower is made up of eight petals, which curl inwards towards their tip, around a bright orange centre. Perfect for planting in pots on the patio as the tubers must be lifted and overwintered in a frost-free place in all but the warmest areas.

  • 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 overcrowded. 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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Honkas revisited


I'm Norfolkalien. I originally reviewed my purchase of 3 varieties of Honka in June 2018. Just wanted to update - it is now June 2020, all 3 Honka came out of winter storage as in previous years. All 3 have again survived and are in pots growing well.... back on a patio in their original pots, initially the tubers were resting on a few inches of mixed general and manure mix compost back in May. Regular feeding and watering since have seen them progress well, to a height of at least 15 ins - as usual, have removed smaller shoots to leave a group of 4-5 main stems... So 3 years repeat flowering - continue to be very pleased with this dahlia specimen ... Not too 'blousey', or gharish - subtle pastel colours and unusual crinkly petals, long flowering and prolific - make sure you deadhead spent flowers regularly... Happy growing...




Literally a 'star; performer


Last year I bought a collection of 3 Honka dahlia tubers. I have a small rear mainly patio garden with a lot of pots. The colours are white with pink, red and yellow. All were planted in large pots... with a good mix of general and manure based compost , watered regularly, and thinned out to 4-5 main stems when they had grown to about 15-18 ins... They produced a stunning display of blooms right thru until November , largely down to regular deadheading and feeding with tomato feed from June onwards. They have been overwintered in pots with a light covering of dry compost They were brought out again in May this year, re-composted and thinned out and fed. They are all again developing well.... looking forward to another year of fabulous flower displays alongside a dahlia Bishop of Llandaff..




Good for attracting bees


Not my favourite Dahlia, didn't hold once cut but did attract bees to the garden.


Bridlington, East Yorkshire



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