Dahlia Gambier Jane
A very pretty rich purple with white capping. A strong grower to 1.6m, producing masses of flowers.
ALL TUBERS ARE HAND DUG, HAND WASHED AND HAND PROCESSED, PACKED IN MOIST COCONUT FIBER READY TO PLANT OUT AFTER THE FROST RISK FOR YOUR AREA HAS GONE.
We plant the majority of our Dahlia crop in early summer from LATE NOVEMBER through until LATE DECEMBER. Why? Planting earlier risks the late spring rains, which can cause the tubers to rot in the ground before they have the opportunity to begin to root. Our tubers are individual pieces hand divided, plump and ready to perform to their best. Each variety is different, and as such the size of the individual tubers will vary. You can not compare a sedan to a truck :-)
For best performance when planting your Dahlia select a position that is free draining, in either the full sun or part shade. Using a fork, prepare the ground to a depth of 25cm, ensuring the soil is light and friable. The tuber should be planted no deeper than 5cm below the soil surface, top dressing with a couple of handfuls of cow or sheep manure and a bed of mulch.
Dahlias flower from late spring to early summer right through until the first frosts for your area send them into their dormancy, often blooming for a good 6mths of the year. They are exceptional cut flowers, and make a brilliant addition to any picking garden.
Dahlias can be harvested and divided over the winter months when they are in their dormancy. It is important to wait for the plant to fully die down prior to harvesting. You can then share with friends or spread to new positions around the garden.