|Latin name:||Dahlia decorative 'Orange Nugget'|
|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:||40 - 60 cm|
|Planting distance:||40 - 50 cm|
|Planting depth:||10 - 15 cm|
In spring you can start planting the dahlia tubers. Dahlias are sensitive to frost, so do watch out for late night frost. From late April to mid-May is a good period to plant dahlias in open ground. Make a sufficiently large plant hole and fill it with fertile soil. Carefully place the tubers in the plant hole and cover with 3-5 cm soil. Place the tubers of the patio dahlia 'Orange Nugget' approximately 30 cm apart. Press the soil gently and water immediately. Dahlias will have the richest bloom in full sun.
Forcing dahlias to bloom early
It is possible to get dahlia tubers to bloom extra early. Place them in moist peat dust from spring, at 15-20° C. When shoots appear, you can pot them in potting compost. Allow the dahlias to get used to the outdoor temperature in early May and plant them outdoors in open ground or in a flowerpot from mid-May.
If you add fertiliser each month, your patio dahlia 'Orange Nugget' will continue to flower until the first night frost. Prune away spent flowers for a good autumn rebloom. Make sure the soil does not dry out during dry periods.
Overwintering dahlia tubers is very easy. Uproot the plants after the first night frost. Cut off all stems 15 cm above the tuber. Attach a label with the dahlia name to the tuber. In this way you will know which dahlia it is next spring. Shake the soil from the tubers and place the dahlias in a box with peat dust or sharp sand. Store the dahlia tubers in a frost-free room. Next spring you will be able to plant them again and they will reward you with magnificent flowers.
This relatively small yet highly versatile genus originates for the most part from Central America. Throughout the world it has been cross-fertilized and selected, resulting in many thousands of cultivars. They vary dramatically in height, flower colours, flower sizes and flower shapes! As a result, the dahlia cultivars have been subdivided into different flower shape groups. Dahlia 'Orange Nugget' has been classified under the Decorative group.
Dahlia 'Orange Nugget' is a low growing dahlia, and is also referred to as patio dahlia. These are perfect in pots and borders.
Dahlia is included in the aster family or the family of composite flowers (Asteraceae or Compositae).