Dahlias "Funny guys": description and secrets of growing
Dahlias "Merry Guys", the cultivation of which is not difficult, are one of the most common and favorite varieties. They got their name due to bright buds, these flowers are able to create the most cheerful and cheerful mood. This variety has gained widespread popularity due to its gorgeous flowers in a wide variety of colors, as well as its drought tolerance.
- General information about the variety "Funny guys"
- Dahlia planting and growing technology
- Dahlia care
Dahlias are originally perennial plants, but "Merry Guys" - annual dwarf cultivar, the flowers are cut in the first year after planting. In the middle lane, the dahlia cannot survive the winter, so it does not form tubers. Once this variety was the most common decoration of flower beds and flower beds, now it is somewhat supplanted by begonias and marigolds.
The height of the bushes ranges from 25 to 70 cm, the plant has strong stems with bright green leaves.
The diameter of the inflorescences can reach 9 cm, it is a very bright and noticeable flower that can have white, pink, lilac, red and other shades. Dwarf dahlias can be simple and terry.
These flowers are grown to decorate flower beds., they look great against the background of other, less vibrant colors. The dahlia flower bed turns into one of the most noticeable garden decorations, and it will not disappoint its owners.
"Funny boys" - heat-loving and light-loving varietyable to tolerate even prolonged drought well. At the same time, they are undemanding to the composition of the soil, but they definitely need light: if you plant them, for example, in the shade of a fence, the stems will be too thin and fragile and you can not count on lush flowering.
It is recommended to pre-spill the soil mixture with a solution of potassium permanganate, this will protect the plants from various diseases.
The main method of reproduction is seeds, while you need to follow the basic rules:
- The best time to plant seeds is at the end of April. The seeds are planted in the prepared substrate to a depth of 2 cm, the distance between the seedlings should be about 3 cm. The first shoots can be expected a week after planting the seeds.
- When the plants reach about 10 cm in height, they need a pick: they can be planted in spacious boxes or in special peat pots, which are subsequently transplanted into open ground.
- Starting in May, it is advisable to take the seedlings out into the air so that they get used to outdoor conditions. Around mid-June, they are finally transplanted into flower beds, and flowering can be expected by early July.
- When disembarking, you must observe row: the distance between the two plants should be at least 20 cm, as the bushes begin to grow rapidly. They are not often watered, but plentifully, especially if the weather is hot. It is advisable to mulch the root system, this is an additional protection against drying out.
- For planting, stores most often offer a varietal mix: seeds are placed in bags with different colors of buds, which will allow you to get a variety of bright flower beds.You can immediately sow seeds in open ground, it is better to do this in May, when there is no longer any risk of frost return.
The soil in which the dahlia will be planted should be pre-fertilize with manure or humus, this will allow for faster growth and lush flowering. Bushes begin to bloom actively from mid-July, and until the very first frost they will delight you with magnificent buds. The flowers bloom one by one, so the bloom will not stop.
To extend the life of the plant, the roots are covered with a film or special non-woven material at night.
Watering the plant:
- It is important to know that dahlias are afraid of waterlogging, which is much worse for the root system than drought.
- At first, young seedlings are watered no more than once a week, you can also spray the bushes with water from a spray bottle.
- In August, plants do not need to be watered, at this time they least need water.
When flowering is complete, leave the strongest bushes on the vine to collect the seeds. They are carefully separated from the petals when the inflorescences are completely dry, after which they need to be additionally dried in the sun. Seeds placed in a paper bag can be stored for several years if kept at room temperature.
If desired, you can save dahlia tubers for the winter, which can later also be used for planting.
They are removed from the soil before the first frost, small roots are cut off, for storage, the tubers need to be dried and covered with sand or peat. Practice shows that from such tubers you can get powerful plants and achieve lush flowering the next year.
More information can be found in the video.