• Eventual height: 1.2m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Dahlia 'Preference'

cactus dahlia

1 × tuber £5.49 £2.74
£5.49 £2.74
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  • Bulbs (only) £4.95

This bulb dies back after flowering each year and enters a period of rest ahead of regrowth the following season.

  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil: Moderately fertile, most but freely drained soil
  • Rate of growth: Average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: Half hardy (may need winter protection)

A tall, enthusiastic bloomer boasting delicate flowers in a gorgeous blend of lemon, peach, and pink hues from midsummer through autumn's first frost. Pointed petals in sunburst fashion unfurl in a delicate ombre, transitioning from bright yellow centres to soft pink edges. Sturdy stems reaching up to 1.2m tall showcase these cheery peachy blooms to their full potential. Whether you seek to complement pastels or punch up hot reds and oranges, 'Preference' fits effortlessly into any scheme while supplying boundless options for cut flowers.

  • Garden care:
    Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to 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 overcrowded. While in growth, provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Stake with canes or brushwood if it becomes necessary. In mild areas, leave them in situ over winter, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch. In colder areas, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frosts have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.
    • Humans/Pets: Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten
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