Varieties of undersized georgines + planting and care
A fashion for stunted dahlias appeared from the middle of the 1990 years, when Dutch breeders presented to gardeners almost a dozen curb novelties named after prominent artists: Leonardo, Rembrandt, Salvador, Renoir, Vincenti and others. That was the beginning of the whole Gallery Dahlia Series, which currently includes about 25 varieties.
When breeding them, the breeders initially set themselves the task of not only giving a choice for arranging the foreground of flower beds, but also creating original dahlias, easy to care for, not requiring the formation of a bush (they are only 25 to 40 cm tall) and capable of rapid reproduction.
Terry flowers, large for such dwarfs, turned out to be especially attractive with a diameter of 10-15 cm.
And until now, the Gallery series remains a very popular varietal group of border dahlias in the world. These beauties do not require a garter, they branch well and independently form a bush of the correct shape.
Best Dahlias from the Gallery Series
Cezanne - bushes with a height of only 25 cm with dazzling yellow flowers. The best choice for use as a border plant and pot culture.
Leonardo 35 cm high with continuously changing pastel salmon flowers. A wonderful decoration for patios, window sills and balconies.
Rembrandt no more than 40 cm high. Pink flower with white-green tips of the petals, giving it a special appeal.
Salvador - 35-centimeter bush, crowned with a hat of flowers with a color that intensifies from cream in the center to bright purple at the ends of the petals, their underside is dark red.
The secrets of digging and storing dahlia
Dahlia tubers do not tolerate frost, so in early autumn the “legs” of plants are spudded to shelter from the first cold. Beginning in late September, they are dug up and dried for about a week in a cool room (+ 12-15 hail.), Laying neck-down to get rid of excess moisture. At higher temperatures, the drying time is reduced to 3-4 days.
Some difficulties arise when storing small tubers, especially from summer cuttings, which do not have time to gain weight by autumn. It is better to store such planting material in pre-prepared sawdust, which is pre-moistened with 5% solution of copper sulfate and dried well. Before use, sawdust is lightly sprayed with water and poured into plastic bags. Nodules are laid so that they do not touch each other. Tie the bag, leaving a small hole for air exchange.
DURING STORAGE SUPPORT TEMPERATURE WITHIN + 7-10 GRAD.
3. Check storage locations at least once a month. Having found signs of rot, the damaged tuber is cut with a clean knife to a healthy tissue, the slice is treated with green or crushed charcoal. If the nodules begin to dry during winter storage, the sawdust in the bag is slightly sprayed.
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© Author: Tatyana POLITOVA, collector of plants, Oryol
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