Half Hardy Annual
Description – After over 10 years T&Ms flower breeders have successfully bred the first ever striped mixture of dahlias from seed! Spectacular dwarf free-flowering bushy plants with uniquely striped blooms which erupt into a wide range of bright and vibrant colours. Sure to create a dazzling display in borders or containers. Occasionally a solid coloured bloom may also appear.
Sowing – Sow seed on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed or multipurpose compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at a temperature of 20-25°C (68-77°F) until after germination which usually takes 7-21 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination.
Growing – Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12in) apart.
Flowers – July, August, September, October