|Latin name:||Dahlia decorative 'Gallery® Pablo'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - October|
|Growing Height:||35 - 40 cm|
|Planting distance:||25 - 30 cm|
|Planting depth:||10 - 15 cm|
Dahlia tubers can be planted in the spring. Low growing bedding Dahlias are not hardy so do watch out for late frosts – end April to mid-May is a good time for planting them in the garden. Prepare a wide hole, loosen the soil with a fork and improve poor soil with some well rotted garden manure. Plant the Dahlia 'Gallery ® Pablo' tubers carefully at 30 cm apart, and cover with 3-5 cm soil. Press down carefully and water immediately. Dahlias will flower more in a warm and sunny spot.
Forcing your dahlias
If you want your plants to flower earlier you can 'withdraw' them. Place the dahlia tubers in a shallow tray in moist compost at 15-20˚ C during the month of April. When shoots begin to appear, place them in potting soil. By the beginning of May, they can be put outside to get used to the outdoor temperature and you can plant them from mid-May onwards in either your garden or in pots.
With a monthly feed, your Dahlia 'Gallery ® Pablo' will bloom right through to the first frosts. Cut off any overblown blooms to encourage reflowering. Take care that the surrounding soil does not dry out in periods of drought.
Dahlia tubers are easy to store over the winter. Carefully dig them up after the first frost. Cut all back to 15 cm, to prevent mix ups next year – label the tubers correctly. Shake off excess soil and store the dahlia tubers in a box filled with compost or sharp sand in a frost-free area. Plant again in the spring and your Dahlia 'Gallery ® Pablo' will reward you once more with gorgeous flowers.
Dahlia 'Gallery ® Pablo' tubers can be 'forced' to flower early. Place them in moist compost at about 15-20 ˚C, from the start of April. Pot them up when shoots appear. Allow to harden off outdoors from the start of May and plant out in the garden (or a bigger pot) from mid-May.