Dahlia XXL produce many flowers but on shorter stems making them ideal for patio pots and planting at the front of garden borders.
When you receive your plug plants, give them a drink of tepid water if the compost appears to be dry and then pot them up.
Use a good quality multi-purpose compost and plant into a pot that is 13cm or larger. Water well and place in a frost-free spot.
Dahlias grow quickly and you may need to pot them on into a larger container before planting into their final flowering positions.
Dahlias are sensitive to frost damage so do not be tempted to put them outside if there is a risk of frost in your area.
Use a multi-purpose feed fortnightly throughout the summer to encourage lots of flower growth. Deadheading regularly will ensure that the plants continue to bloom until the first frosts.
Dahlias prefer a sunny position but some partial shade in the afternoon in intense heat.
Brookside Nursery Top Tip – To counteract any possible mildew that may form on the leaves, remove some of the bottom leaves by mid-July. This helps to improve air circulation around the plant.