Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Flowers at glance

Dahlia Exhibition-Extra Double

The plant is producing a mass of high quality double and semi double flowers in an rich color mixture, featuring some unique sunset shades. A stunning addition for beds, borders or containers, providing color throughout the summer. Height: 45-60cm (18-24 inches).

Although Dahlia are half hardy perennials they are normally grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners. Depending on the variety they flower from the middle of summer to the first frost of winter.

This seed pack contains color mixture seeds, suitable for your garden bedding and boarders.

How to grow:
The seeds of Dahlia should be lightly covered once sown (before the last frost of spring). Ideally Dahlia should be planted into an area of the garden that is sunny; They like a soil that is of pH6 to 7.5, and is enhanced by the addition of bone meal and humus, and low in nitrogen.

Seedlings of Dahlia can first be grown indoors for later transplanting. They should be started about 10 weeks before they are due to be put outside in the middle of spring. It normally takes from one to three weeks to germinate in individual pots at about 18C.

Once growing in the garden Dahlias should be fed by the use of bone meal at the beginning and end of summer. Dahlia should be watered in prolonged dry periods, and weekly when in bloom.