This is a very popular decorative dahlia, Arabian Night has flowers that are a deep crimson red. In addition dahlia Arabian Night will flower all summer long and provide superb colour in your garden. Because Dahlias are a diverse group of plants, they are ideal for gardens and provide many shapes and sizes of flowers. Flower forms on dahlias are variable and have one head per stem. The flowerheads of Arabian Night can be up to 30 cm in diameter and they are also known as dinner plate types.
Plant Indoors: Dahlias perform best when started into growth indoors. Tubers can be off indoors from January to March as they are sensitive to frosts. Plant in a mix of multi-purpose compost, sand and grit as this will provide drainage for the tuber. Protect young shoots from snails and slugs and when the fear of frosts has passed the tuber can be re-planted outside or the container positioned outdoors.
Plant outside: From Late March on wards, when the signs of frost have passed the dahlia tuber can be planted outside. Plant tubers into well prepared soils in late March to April. Soils should be cultivated to a depth of 20cms to allow good root development. Plant tubers in fertile soils with 5cms of soil above the top of the tuber. Protect early growth from slugs and snails and remove dead heads during the flowering season to get the best from them. Regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as are well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal will provide food for continued flowering.
Remove dead flowers to give blooms all summer long.
Flowering Height: 40-46″ (100-120cm)
Flowering period: July to first frosts
Soil type: Free draining humus rich soils
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun
Planting distance: 1m between dahlia plants
Planting depth: A depth of 5cms above the top of the tuber.
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