Dahlia 'After Dusk'

I swore I had enough treasured dark dahlias and could not find room for another, but then I saw this in a dahlia trial field last autumn and fell upon it – a waterlily in the richest crimson More
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I swore I had enough treasured dark dahlias and could not find room for another, but then I saw this in a dahlia trial field last autumn and fell upon it – a waterlily in the richest crimson. It's super long-lasting in the garden and vase.

Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Waterlily Group
Variety After Dusk
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Container, Middle
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 80cm (32in)
Spacing Plant just under the soil surface, 75cm (30in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Pot them up undercover March or early April in a generous pot (at least 2 litre) filled with multi-purpose potting compost. Place them in a light, frost-free place and keep the compost moist. Pinch out their growing tips when they have reached about 8" tall. 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 the potted tubers, 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, but this will delay flowering.
Care Tips Support with a stout stick, tie in every couple of weeks. In the south you can mulch deeply and overwinter them in the ground, alternatively, lift and overwinter your dahlias frost free undercover.
Flowering July - November
Harvesting Flower production 5 months
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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Dahlia 'After Dusk' reviews

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Again, not quite like the picture

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Reviewed 18th August 2018 by Liz France

Agree with the previous poster. Looks more like Con amoure, but we are more than happy with it.

Not quite like the picture

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Reviewed 31st July 2018 by Cynthia Edwards

My plant is good and strong and carries a good number of flowers. The shape of the flower is more like a pompom and not as flat and water lily like as in the picture