General Growing Advice
Using a good quality multi-purpose compost, pot up your plugs into 10cm pots. Once your plug plants have been potted on and labelled, water them in well and grow on for around 5-6 weeks. Water once the compost starts to dry out.
If preferred you can pot on the plugs into hanging baskets, flower bags or pots. Add a slow release plant food like Miracle-Gro Slow Release All Purpose Plant Food to your compost which will give extra nutrients for strong and healthy plant growth.
Keep plants frost free until mid/late May and then harden off before being placed in their final positions when the risk of frost has passed in your area.
Water as necessary giving a liquid feed such as Neudorff Organic Plant Feed as instructed throughout the growing season.
***For packs of 20/40 plug plants gently remove the small plugs from the tray by pushing up from the bottom using a pencil.
Dahlia XXL Advice
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.