Grade 1 Tuber Supplied
The plentiful flowers of this popular variety are compact and uniform in shape, featuring luscious pink tones with a splash of wine in the middle, nicely contrasted by a fresh green heart. When the flowers fully open, they’ll glow with warm hues of coral, salmon and fuchsia.
'Daisy Duke' is a short and variety, with plenty of lush green foliage that will make a great filler in a flower bed of any size. It would even be ideal for gowing in a container or small space – the dark stems are shorter and stockier than many varieties, meaning that the plant will self-support and staking isn’t required if they're grown in a sheltered spot.
SITE: full sun
FLOWERING MONTHS: June to October
Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after the risk of frost has passed, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant them horizontally at about 12cm deep, making sure the ‘eyes’ are uppermost. Be sure to allow enough room between each tuber so the plants can grow and spread to their full size without being over-crowded. 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 the plants with canes if 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. Afterwards, 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.