Tremendous deep wine red blooms that will easily reach about 25cm in diameter and more when grown well. Plants will get to approx. 1.2 m high so it is essential to make sure they are well supported by staking or caning and keeping growth tied in. A shallower bloom than some other varieties in its class but still produces quality blooms which, although weather tolerant, will always be better for exhibition purposes when grown with some protection.
For the best size flowers remove the growing point of the plant when 3-4 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 3-4pairs 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.
|Variety:||Debra Anne Craven|
|Classification:||Giant Semi Cactus Dahlia|
|Colour:||Deep wine red|
|Flower Size:||250+ mm|
|Stopping:||Early to mid June at 3-4 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