Dahlia

Dahlia 'Alfred Grille'

Dahlia - Dahlia  'Alfred Grille'

Common Name: Dahlia
Genus: Dahlia
Cultivar: 'Alfred Grille'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Orange, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Big, long-lasting, semi-cactus flowers top the upright stems for many months from midsummer creating a dazzling display well into the autumn. Each flower is a sumptuous blend of salmon pink and orange which merges into yellow towards the centre. The petals are long and thin and curl backwards on themselves, creating a wonderful spikey effect. Overall they look very impressive, especially when seen against the backdrop of the deep green foliage.

Garden care: Provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Once the first frosts have blackened the foliage, carefully lift and clean the tubers and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Place the dry tubers in a shallow tray just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite. Store in a frost-free place checking frequently over the winter months. In warmer areas tubers may be left to overwinter in the ground although they may suffer from slug damage particularly in heavy clay soils.


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