Looking after dahlias
Dahlias can be seen in rural front gardens, and in the most luxurious mansions. They delight with a variety of colors and shapes, but hybrid varieties of “variable dahlias” are especially popular in Russia.
In the world there are more than 10 thousand varieties of dahlias, which in turn are divided into 10 classes: non-double, anemone, collar, peony, decorative, spherical, pompon, cactus, semi-cactus, transitional ...
By the way, this flower, brought to Europe from Mexico by dahlia, is called only in Russia, and throughout the world it is known as dahlia (in honor of the famous Swedish botanist Dahl).
Multiply dahlias in three ways: seeds, cuttings and tubers. They are quite unpretentious, but need abundant watering and love sunny places. They grow and bloom best on loamy and sandy loamy soils. After the first frosts, dig the underground part of the bush, dry it and keep it in the basement until spring. In the middle lane, dahlias are planted in the first half of June, after allowing the tubers to germinate. For early flowering, it is recommended to regularly remove stepsons.
Feed dahlias every 10 days with infusion of mullein (1:10) and 20 g of superphosphate and nitrogen fertilizers dissolved in 10 l of water. Of the diseases, the flower most often affects powdery mildew; you need to treat it with urea at the rate of 50 g per 10 liters of water. The most malicious pest dahlia is aphid. To get rid of it, spray plants with infusion of garlic or onion peel.
Most varieties are used for group plantings, and large flowers are effective in single plantings.