The flowers of Dahlia H S Wink are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Dahlia H S Wink has flowers that are a light pink with a purplish-red centre. Dahlias provide a long period of colour in your garden as long as you remove the dead flower heads they will flower until the first hard frost.
Dahlias are best started off indoors from January to March to protect them from frosts. Plant H S Wink outside from the end of March when the signs of frost have gone. When planting indoors use a fine free draining medium and keep soil moist and frost free. Alternatively plant tubers straight into well prepared soils in late March to April.
Soils should be cultivated to a depth of 20cms to allow good root development. Plant tubers in fertile soils with 5cms of soil above the top of the tuber. Protect early growth from slugs and snails. During the growing season remove dead flower heads to encourage new flower growth and thus get the best from them. Plant dahlias in areas with plenty of air flowing around them and in soils that are warming up after the winter. Regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as are well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal.
In free draining soils the tubers can be left to overwinter as long as they are given a good layer of dry mulch for protection.
Ideal to grow with companion plants such as gladioli, asiatic lilies or many types of shrubs.
Flowering Height: 20-24″ (50-60cm)
Flowering Period: July to first frosts.
Soil type: Free draining humus rich soils, in heavier soils add grit to help with drainage.
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun.
Can also be grown in tubs and containers.
For further growing advice visit Tims tips/dahlias on you tube.