Alauna Clair Obscur is a very eye catching cactus spider dahlia in claret red which shades to fuschia over time, finished off with white tipped petals. Alauna Claire Obscur will provide ideal colour for the garden and they are easy to grow.
Dahlia tubers can be started off indoors from January to March and planted out into the garden or containers after the fear of frost has passed, which is normally towards the end of April but can of course be earlier in the south and in coastal areas. Alternatively they can be planted direct into the garden when the soil has warmed up and the fear of all frosts have passed. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and plant tubers so that the top of the tuber is 5cms below the soil surface. Soils are best manured in the winter before planting as the young roots of dahlias do not like fresh manure around them.
Remove dead flower heads to ensure a summer of flowers and remember to feed during the leaf and flower stage with something like bone meal or tomorite.
Flowering Height: 44-46″ (110-120cm)
Flowering Period: July to first frosts.
Soil type: Free draining humus rich soils, in heavier soils add grit to help with drainage.
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun.
Can also be grown in containers.