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Dignified Dahlia

27 November 2015 No Comment

Many believe that dahlias are from Holland but truth be told, they are native to Central America where they were discovered in the 16th century by the Spanish.
Holland only received their first box of tubers in 1872.
Dahlias have been substantially hybridised over the centuries with an immense variety of both colour and size, but it’s the dahlia variabilis (meaning variable in Latin), our bedding variety, that we’re highlighting today.
Grown from seed, the ready to plant seedlings can be found in garden centres during most of the summer months in South Africa.
The kaleidoscope of colours at your disposal will quite possibly leave you with a dilemma around choosing what you’re going to buy.
Pick a spot in the garden that gets a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight every day to bring out the best in your dahlias.
For sturdier, bushier plants, wait until it has settled in nicely, with a few pairs of leaves on its stem and then pinch off the last shoot as it’s forming.
It will make some side branches resulting in a more solid plant.
If you’re looking for pot subjects, bed fillers, borders or path liners, the compact bedding dahlias should do the trick, maturing at around 30-40cm and most likely available in your chosen colour scheme too.

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