New for 2020
A new Large, possibly Giant Decorative raised by Mr A. T. Hayes, from Kenilworth. White blooms, occasionally overlaid with a lavender flush, sit proudly on top of strong stems. We grew this with a mid-June stop allowing 4-6 flowering stems per plant with the blooms getting right up to the large rings for showing and more often then not just over. I showed it as a giant where it was on the smaller side in comparison with most but the form makes up for the lack in size. It was planted and grown at the NDS Exhibition Trials at Golden Acre Park in 2019 where it received the People’s Choice Award.
When growing from young mini plants it is advisable to “stop” the strongly growing plants by cutting back to leave 2-3 pairs of leaves. This will encourage the plants to produce flowering stems (or laterals) which can then be restricted to allow 3-6 stems to develop with the lower number producing bigger flowers. When the flower buds appears we would advise removing 4-5 pairs of buds from below the terminal bud on each stem. This will help maximise the flower size. Lighter disbudding will give you more flowers but they will be smaller. Milly is a strong but compact growing variety that will get up to approx. 1.1-1.2 m and will need secure staking and tying in. Regular removal of dead flowers will help provide a longer display. This should make a good all round variety having better weather resistance than some other large flowered varieties.
|Classification:||Unclassified-Large or Giant Decorative Dahlia|
|Colour:||White, occasionally overlaid pink, especially undercover.|
|Suitable For:||Exhibition or Garden|
|Awards:||People’s Choice Award. NDS Exhibition trials 2019|
|Stopping:||Early to mid June at 5-6 pairs of leaves taking back to leave 2-3 pairs.|
|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:||Mr A T Hayes, UK|