Dahlia Inca is a powder Puff dahlia and as such are very attractive to bees and butterflies. The flowers of dahlia Inca are a bright red with a richer red centre. In addition they make wonderful cut flowers for indoor arrangements. A very showy group of dahlias which will make a great feature in gardens and containers. Dahlias are fantastic for providing colour for any garden because they are easy to grow. Powder puff Dahlias produce unique flowers with double feathered central petals, resembling a Powder Puff.
Plant Indoors: Dahlias are best started 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 or tomato food will provide food for continued flowering.
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Dahlias can be left out over winter in well drained soils, just mulch to give added protection. Work really well when planted with asiatic lilies.
Flowering Height: 24-28″ (60-70cm)
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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