DAHLIA ANEMONE MARY EVELINE
Dahlia for the Bees & Butterflies
These single dahlias are ideal for encouraging bees and other pollinating insects into the garden. A wonderful addition to the mixed or herbaceous border, the flowers are also excellent for cut arrangements. They are excellent for pots as well as the garden. Flowering from June till late autumn providing food for bees and other insects.
Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in 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 over- crowded. When starting growth, provide a high - nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertilizer like our organic tomato feed every week from July to September.
In mild areas, you can leave them in the ground, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch like straw. In colder areas like the midlands and north, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frost have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just cover with slightly moist potting compost or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.