Recommendations on the cultivation of dahlias
Dahlia is the secondhalf of the summer and autumn flower, the queen, without a beautiful garden is unimaginable. Dahlias are relatively modest plants, but the best is well ertilized, and deep-kneaded enough moist soil to the desiredacidity of Ph-6 0.5-7, 5. Dahlias like a sunny location, protected from strong winds. For dahlias the best is the moming sun, and sunlight need at least 6 hours a day. Shady place grown dahlias will be lanky and make little flowers.
In our climate conditions the best time for planting tubers are from May I to June 1. Can be planted well before Midsummer Day, but then the growth of tubers will be little, but the bloom open beautifully.
Dahlias tubers are planted in 5 - 10 cm deep, the planting distancebetween plants is 50 cm, low growing dahlias may be planted more compact. After appearanceof first sprouts, plantation must be mulch (muliets) - that mean to cover with peat, compost, or putrid barn manure layer. Watering during the growth period must be infrequently, but generously. Dahlias new soft shoots are often killed by aphids and other vermin. There is need to follow the conditions and, if necessary,destroy them with spaying ppropriateprotective equipment.
When the dahlias bloom, rejoice the heart until the first autumn frost. If you will cover those flowers with agropolythelenskin, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of the flowers even longer. When dahlias tops get frostbitten, you can preparefor tubers grubbing. First of all, with gardening scissorsor a knife cut the top of the plants, leaving stem 10 cm from the ground. Then carefully scoop out a bush, trying as much as possible to avoid root injuries, and then clean this bush carefully from the soil. We don't wash the roots, because we believe that it is a better way how to preserve them during the winter time. Then remaining part of the stem must be reduced to rooting border. Afterwards roots slightly-dried and preparedfor storagefor winter. Tubers could be dividend both in fall and spring as well. Stored deep in boxes wrapped in newspapers,or in the chippings of fresh conifers.