Dahlia - Bishops Children
This is a fiery mix of such striking colour, yet with the innocent flower faces of Bishop's Children. It is mid-height, and so blends extremely well into borders. However, be warned that a colour eruption may occur! Height: 60-75cm.
Sow February to April. Germinate at 20-30C on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Apply a layer of compost or vermiculite, 6mm deep. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 7-21 days. Do not exclude light at any stage, as this helps germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm pots. Grow on in cooler, well-lit conditions for 1-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 3cm apart. Prefers a moist, well0drained soil in full sun.