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  • Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.4m

Dahlia 'Take Off'

anemone-flowered dahlia tuber

1 tuber £4.99
£4.99
£14.97 £12.00
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)

    The beautiful bicoloured blooms are made up of a cluster of smaller golden 'petals', which fade to cream as they age, and these are surrounded by a rich pink collar. Later, the eye takes on a pink flush, which adds further to the play of colour, while their ruffled heads add textural appeal.

  • 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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