Chocolate Orange Bulb Collection

Plant this classic Dutch cut flower farm dahlia 'Blitzer' with almost-black gladioli, a great contrast in form and colour but a match with the dahlia's rich coloured stems. More
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Plant this classic Dutch cut flower farm dahlia 'Blitzer' with almost-black gladioli, a great contrast in form and colour but a match with the dahlia's rich coloured stems.

This collection contains:
Genus Dahlia, Gladiolus
Group/Species Decorative Group (D. 'Blitzer')
Variety Dahlia 'Blitzer', Gladiolus 'Espresso'
Type Tender Perennial Corm, Tender Perennial Tuber
Common Name Dahlia, Sword Lily
Border Position Container, Middle
Bulb Size I,
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1-1.2m (3-4ft)
Spacing Plant the gladioli corms 10cm (4in) deep and 10-15cm (4-6in) apart in clumps or lines. Plant the dahlia tubers just under the soil surface, 75cm (30in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Pot the dahlias up undercover March or early April. Place them in a light, frost-free place and keep the compost moist. They will have formed bushy plants by the time the frosts have ended and will be in flower by the beginning of July. If you don’t have anywhere to grow them potted, you can put them straight into the ground when the frosts are nearly over, mulching them or protecting with a cloche or protective horticultural fleece if the foliage appears before the frosts are over.
Care Tips Water regularly during growing season and stake tall varieties. Lift after first frosts or mulch deeply in late autumn.
Flowering July - October
Vase Life Remove the bottom leaves on gladioli, I prefer to leave the spike tip as this is part of the plants appeal but removing it will encourage more flowers below. Only pick dahlias in full flower. Recut the hollow stem ends under water to avoid airlocks.
Cooking Notes All dahlia flowers are edible. I use the petals scattered over salad and to decorate a range of puddings
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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