Still one of the more popular varieties for the show bench in this section with its compact and free flowering habit also making it a good choice for general garden display. When growing from young mini plants it is advisable to remove the growing tip once the plants are growing strongly and have produced 5-6 pairs of leaves. All the resultant flowering stems can then be allowed to develop though to achieve bigger blooms the number of stems can be reduced to 6-7 and each stem lightly disbudded by removing 2 or 3 pairs of buds below the main terminal bud on each stem. Strong growing plants get up to 1.25m so need secure staking and tying in. Regular removal of dead flowers will help provide a longer display. This variety tends to produce a lot of basal growth with the potential of a really good second flush of flowers if the season allows. However, removing some of this will enhance the quality of early blooms.
|Variety:||Charlie Two syn. Mascot Maya|
|Classification:||Medium Decorative Dahlia|
|Flower Size:||150 – 210 mm|
|Stopping:||Early to mid June at 5-6 pairs of leaves|
|Disbudding:||For exhibition the general rule is 1st 2-3 pairs of buds below the terminal bud should be removed|
|Planting Spacing:||For exhibition: 2 row bed. 60 x 60 cm apart with 1.2 m between beds.|
For garden: 50-60 cm between plants