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Nescio Dahlia Tubers

Dahlia Nescio (Pompom)

The details

  • Colour: Bright red
  • Foliage: Dark green
  • Flower Size: 6.5cm
  • Type: Pompom
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height/Spread: 1m x 50cm
  • Flowering: July to November
  • Planting Months: End February to July
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Description

Nescio: Pom Pom Dahlia Tubers

Nescio Dahlias will bring a searing splash of bright blood-red in your garden to lift tired pots or borders, and inject movement and colour into almost any design. It's not overpowering, the flowers are about 6.5 cm wide, set off by attractive intense green foliage. It has proved to be one of the most popular reds on the market.

It will also look good in mixed borders, and be sure to plant at least three in a group to provide the best effect.

Like most dahlias, it makes an excellent, long-lasting cut flower and is small enough to be used in a corsage or headdress. They're also great in vases, bouquets and floral arrangements.
Browse our other Pom Pom Dahlias or our full range of Dahlias here.

Features

  • Colour: Bright red flowers
  • Foliage: Dark green divided foliage
  • Flower Size: 6.5cm
  • Type: Pompom or Miniature ball
  • Cutting: Yes
  • Height/Spread: 1m x 50cm
  • Flowering: July to November
  • Outdoor Planting Months: March to July

Growing Nescio Dahlias

At a compact 1m tall, Nescio will grow well in pots of 10-15 litres.

All dahlias do best in deep rich soil with good drainage in a sunny spot. If it is windy they will need staking. They are greedy, thirsty plants so will need watering in dry spells, and they will always flower that little bit better if there is a bit of soluble food in the watering can once every couple of weeks.

It is generally more convenient to put support stakes in at planting time, rather than leaving it until there is foliage in the way.

Did You Know?

It was introduced in Holland in 1974. Nescio is Latin for "I don't know" and was the pen name of Dutch writer Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh (1882-1961).

It can also be listed as a Miniature ball, rather than a Pom Pom. Potato, potato. 

Planting Instructions

If you ignore seed, Dahlias can be planted at three stages: as tubers, rooted cuttings and pot-grown plants.

Tubers can be planted at any time from March onwards. The hole should be at least double the diameter of the tuber laid out on the ground. Incorporate about 25% well rotted compost and if drainage is in any way doubtful then add plenty of horticultural grit as well. Plant one tuber per hole, leaving 60-80 cms between plants (depending on final size) and make sure the tuber is covered with 10-12 cms (4-5") of soil. This is important as it will insulate the tuber against frosts in March-May as they will take a couple of months to show.

Rooted cuttings, which are available from early April onwards, will need to be potted up and kept in a sunny and frost free place until they are ready to be planted out in mid May. Their treatment then is the same as for tubers except they are planted level with rather than 10 cms below the surrounding soil level.

Pot grown plants are not delivered until June, and are then planted out immediately in the same way as an established rooted cutting.

The more you deadhead, the more flowers you'll get.

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