Growing dahlias from seeds is easy
The time for flowering dahlias is coming to an end. A huge variety of size, shape and color of inflorescences, high variability in height and growth strength, versatility of use have made these plants extremely popular among flower growers. In our conditions, dahlias can be grown in perennial or annual crops. The first method is more widespread and is based on the ability of dahlias to form underground root tubers by the end of summer, containing nutrient reserves and renewal buds. Root tubers do not hibernate in the ground and therefore they are dug up and stored until spring in dry, cool rooms. Usually, in a perennial culture, valuable varieties of dahlias are grown, propagated only by vegetative means. However, this method is rather laborious, expensive and unproductive, since during storage, root tubers do not tolerate freezing at all and often rot.
Growing dahlias is also possible in an annual crop by seed propagation. It is very promising to grow annual dahlias from seeds, since the plants bloom in the year of sowing, and there is no need to store root tubers. In addition, it is quite possible to collect the seeds yourself. In our country, for those who love annual dahlias, growing from the seeds of these flowers has become a good tradition, seeds are usually propagated by a domestic mixture of non-double dahlias Cheerful guys, as well as semi-double mixtures of foreign selection Figaro and Rigoletto. In recent years, dahlia seeds of an English selection have appeared on sale under the name Pompon Mix – a mixture of pompon dahlias, Anvins Dwarf Hybrids and Anvins Gypsy Dane – a mixture of dwarf semi-double dahlias, Hast Dandy – a mixture of collared dahlias, etc. In addition,
The studies made it possible to evaluate the cultivation of dahlias from seeds of foreign selection in our conditions. When planting seedlings in March, the plants bloom together in late July – early August. At the same time, the mixtures differ in their evenness in terms of the main features, differing mainly only in the richness of the color of the inflorescences.
Varieties of annual dahlias
The Pompon Mix mixture is represented by tall plants 70-120 cmwith graceful small pompon inflorescences located on strong, long peduncles. At the same time, up to 16 inflorescences bloom on a bush, and up to 40 inflorescences on individual plants. The mixture is recommended for creating high borders and especially for cutting.
Mixes of Anvins Drift Hybrids and Anvins Gypsy Dane – are presented undersized, up to 60-70 cm, semi-double dahlias from the classes of single-row and peony-shaped inflorescences with a variety of colors. Bushes spreading, strongly leafy. Leaf color varies from light green to purple. At the same time, up to 10 inflorescences bloom on the bushes. These mixtures are recommended for creating flowerbeds, borders, low borders, as well as cutting planting.
The Hest Dandy mixture is a variety mixture of original undersized dahlias with a height of 35-55 cmwith collar type inflorescences. Dense, well-leafed bushes carry from 6 to 15 simultaneously opened inflorescences. The so-called petals are red, crimson or lilac, trimmed inside with a white or yellow collar. Plants are exceptionally good for creating low, variegated, profusely flowering borders, suitable for growing in containers, can be used for cutting.
Why growing dahlias from seeds is so popular
Dahlias grown from seeds, in our conditions, not only bloom profusely, but also bear fruit. To get your own seeds, at the end of the growing season, ripened baskets should be collected, dried and threshed. Plants grown from such seeds are not inferior in their decorative effect to parental forms. In addition, the plants you like can be further grown as perennials, annually digging and preserving root tubers. And, finally, seed reproduction will enable everyone to become a breeder, select and propagate valuable forms and create unique, unique collections of dahlias – dahlias.