Decorative dahlia Lady Kate is a lovely dahlia that is compact and as such full of flowers. The flowers of Dahlia Lady Kate are creamy white, lilac and two tone. The soft flowers are packed with petals of soft colour from midsummer onwards. Dahlia Lady Kate will look lovely because of the pastel shaded flowers. A great addition to the garden and accordingly can be used for bouquets and cut flower arrangements
Plant Indoors: Dahlias are best started off indoors from January to March as they are sensitive to frosts. Plant tubers in a mix of multi-purpose compost, sand and grit. The grit will provide much needed drainage for the tuber. Protect young shoots from snails and slugs and when the fear of frosts has passed the tuber can be re-planted outside or the container can be positioned outdoors.
Plant outside: From Late March on wards, when the signs of frost have passed the dahlia tuber are best planted outside. Plant tubers 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 and remove dead heads during the flowering season to get the best from them. Regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as are well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal will provide food for continued flowering.
Ideal for Cut Flower and companion planting with lilies.
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Our tip: Ideal to grow with companion plants such as trumpet lilies or oriental lilies or many types of shrubs.
Use secateurs to cut off dead flower heads as they appear.
Flowering Height: 30-32″ (75-80cm)
Flowering period: July to first frosts
Soil type: Free draining humus rich soils
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun
Planting distance: 1m between dahlia plants
Planting depth: A depth of 5cms above the top of the tuber.
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