Dahlia

Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

Dahlia - Dahlia  'Arabian Night'

Common Name: Dahlia
Genus: Dahlia
Cultivar: 'Arabian Night'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

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

Showy, flamboyant and available in a range of brilliant colours and strong shapes, dahlias are becoming popular again as a way of adding bold splashes of colour to the garden in summer. 'Arabian Knight has masses of fully double, dark wine-red flowers with slightly incurved petals from June until the first frosts. Under certain light the petals of this small dahlia appear almost black. An ideal companion for plum-coloured flowers and foliage plants it needs a sheltered sunny site with fertile humus-rich soil.

  • Garden care: Stake with canes or brushwood as it becomes necessary.Deadhead and feed regularly to prolong flowering. 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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