Dahlia Gerrie Hoek - a delightful wedding Dahlia, incredibly popular in European weddings.
New to us, but this beauty has been around for a long time, and will continue to be for a long time yet!
This Decorative, Waterlily type Dahlia is a fantastic cutflower - soft pinky pastel, upward facing blooms, and incredibly strong stems. Ideal in the vase. Usually one of the first Dahlias to bloom for the season.
Blooms are 12-15cm wide, and the plant will grow to around 1.2m.
- The best time to plant Dahlias here in NZ is September or October, but can be planted anytime from mid August through to late December.
- Dahlias love sun ,so choose a nice sunny spot in your garden. Ideally a spot that gets at least 4 hours of full sun a day.
- Dahlias will grow in almost any soil, but prefer well drained loamy soil conditions.
- Prepare the ground a few weeks before planting by digging over the soil thoroughly and adding a little well rotted compost and an application of general fertiliser.
- Before planting the tubers, apply stakes (for larger varieties) staking after planting damages roots and tubers.
- Plant your Dahlia tubers about 5-10cm deep and about 50cm apart with the eye facing upwards. Water well and keep moist being careful not to over-water.
For a full overview of how to plant Dahlias visit our Gardeners Guide.