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DAHLIA - UNWIN'S BEDDING MIX

 Dahlia flowers make an excellent, long lasting cut flower.
The tubers can vary in taste, according to variety, from
almost bland to those with crunchy textures akin to water
chestnuts or yacon, and those with flavors ranging from
spicy apple to celery root or even carrot The petals make
a colourful addition to garden salads. When planted from
seed they will flower in their first year. 

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Dahlia variabilis

Dahlias are bushy tuberous edible plants from Mexico
and Central America. It has tall stems topped by a
large showy brightly coloured many petalled flowers.
The flowers are a source of food for butterflies and
moths. They have rich green, showy leaves. Dahlia
flowers make an excellent, long lasting cut flower.
The tubers can vary in taste, according to variety, from
almost bland to those with crunchy textures akin to water
chestnuts or yacon, and those with flavors ranging from
spicy apple to celery root or even carrot The petals make
a colourful addition to garden salads. When planted from
seed they will flower in their first year. The plant is tolerant
of soil as to pH, soil type, heat, and sunlight. They do need
good soil moisture levels. Sow the seeds onto the surface
of a potting tray, firm them down and cover with a fine layer
of soil. Cover the trays with polythene to maintain humidity,
until the first seedlings are visible. Germination takes
around 7 days at 18-20 C Remove the cover and keep the
seedlings moist at all times. As soon as the plants are
large enough to handle, usually at around three weeks,
prick out into 7cm pots to grow on. A balanced liquid
feed should be applied as plants get establish. Once
they are established and spring is well on its way, you
can plant outdoors 30-45cm apart in soil with a good
nutrient content. keep the soil moist over summer.

QTY 30 seeds

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