Dahlia af­ter­care

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Give them a good start: I pre­pare in­di­vid­ual plant­ing holes for my dahlias, work­ing in weed-free soil im­prover.

After plant­ing, I find it works well if you leave the plants in a shal­low de­pres­sion to col­lect wa­ter.

Get stakes in place in good time – once a dahlia falls over, it’s im­pos­si­ble to make it look nat­u­ral again.

Mulching with more weed-free soil im­prover helps to re­tain mois­ture and to sup­press weeds.

Re­move the first flower stem to pro­mote bet­ter branch­ing – and get more flow­ers in the long run.

Cut the flow­ers for the house or dead­head reg­u­larly. This is cru­cial if you want to en­cour­age bet­ter flow­er­ing.

Cut or dead­head re­li­giously

Stak­ing is vi­tal and should be done sooner, not later

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