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Dahlia 'Bishop's Children Mix'
Dahlia 'Bishop's Children Mix'
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Dahlia 'Bishop's Children Mix'

Dahlia variabilis
Who knew dahlias from seed could be so easy? And so beautiful. Purple to deep bronze leaves with tall stems support single flowers in a mix of colors of yellow, soft orange, deep red, burgundy, and bicolors too. Start indoors at the end of March in short-season areas and set out after frost.
SKU #S984OG
$3.50
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
70
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
3.5' h x 2' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Mix of yellow, orange, burgundy
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Just cover
Sprout Time:
5-20 days
Seed To Bloom:
12-14 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. Keep at 65-70°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow at last frost date.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Back borders will pop with color when you grow the lush flowers of Dahlia Bishop's Children. Pinch back tips when plants reach about 6-12" tall to encourage bushiness and stake early to support the brittle branches in windy or heavy summer rain areas. Mulch is beneficial to keep the soil cool and moist during the hottest part of summer. Keep cutting for bouquets for continual bloom until frost. A week after frost, dig up the tubers, if desired (leaving 4" of the stem), and store in damp sand or peat moss in a cool location, such as a basement, until spring. An unusual edible, in their native Mexico the tubers were eaten. Flower petals can be used in edible flower confetti or as a garnish.
Final Spacing:
1.5'-2'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Water regularly, 1" per week.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in 3" inches of compost prior to planting. If soil is poor, supplement with a bloom-boosting organic granular fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
Japanese beetles damage Dahlia foliage and flowers. Knock them off into a bucket of soapy water; this is best done early in the morning. Combat slugs by scattering crushed eggshells or iron phosphate slug bait pellets on the soil surrounding the plants. Prevent fungal problems with proper spacing in an area with good air circulation and excellent soil drainage.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when flowers are nearly to fully open; best cut in the cool of the morning.

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