Bright yellow giant with classical form and great depth and still regarded as probably the best in this section. Growth is relatively compact with growth up to 1-1.2 m. The plants have a tendency to produce a lot of basal growth in comparison with other varieties which, if not thinned out, can have the result of reducing the overall flower size.
To help achieve 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 remove 4-5 pairs of the side buds, or more, 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 though it would help to remove at least 1 pair of buds below the main one. Dead head regularly to allow more flowers to develop.
|Classification:||Giant Semi Cactus Dahlia|
|Awards:||Harry Howarth Memorial Medal winner at the National Dahlia Society Exhibition trials at Golden Acre Park, 1999.|
|Flower Size:||150-250 mm|
|Stopping:||Early to mid June at 4 pairs of leaves|
|Disbudding:||For exhibition the general rule is 1st 4-5 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|
|Raiser:||A Jones, UK|