Brightly coloured semi cactus blooms in blends of rose and salmon are held on good strong stems on plants that grow to approx. 1.5 m. Blooms will easily attain a diameter of 25 cm and more when plants are restricted to 3-4 flowering stems per plant. Still popular for exhibition though its sport, Coral Jupiter, is more regularly seen at high level. A good variety for general garden display as the flowers are more weather tolerant than most Giant flowered types. With such big flowers it is important to stake and tie the plants.
For the best size flowers remove the growing point of the plant when 4-5 pairs of leaves have developed and thin resulting side shoots down to allow only 3-4 flowering stems to develop. Once the terminal bud has developed and is about the size of a 10p piece 3-4 pairs of the side buds can be removed to further maximise flower size. If you are growing solely for garden display, then all flowers can be allowed to develop but resulting flowers will be smaller. Dead head regularly.
|Classification:||Giant Semi Cactus Dahlia|
|Colour:||Rich Salmon Rose|
|Flower Size:||250+ mm|
|Stopping:||Early to mid June at 4 pairs of leaves|
|Disbudding:||For exhibition the general rule is 1st 3-4 pairs of buds below the terminal bud should be removed and only 3-4 blooms allowed to develop per plant.|
|Planting Spacing:||For exhibition: 2 row bed. 60 x 60 cm apart with 1.2m between beds.|
For garden: 50-60 cm between plants