Dahlia ‘Cornel Red’
Dahlia ‘Cornel Red’ is a really gorgeous shade of warm red, it can look almost antique in following a cold period. It has vigorous growth and produces sturdy flowers on long strong stems. A handsome garden worthy plant.
From the same breeding line as Dahlia ‘Cornel Brons’. Dahlia ‘Cornel Red’ is one of the most productive plants in the garden and fantastic for Autumn shades. It gives arrangements a real zing!
Ball dahlias last longer in the vase than any other dahlia varieties because the petals are packed tightly around the centre preventing bee’s from pollinating them before the flower has almost fully opened. By this time we have usually whisked them into the house as a ‘cut flower’.
Flower type: Ball
Height: 90cm (Tall)
Flower Size: 7-10cm
Position: Full Sun
Plant spacing: 60cm (min)
Pinch: when plants are 30cm tall
Cutting /Vase Life:
Dahlias do not continue to open once cut so pick when blooms are ¾ of the way open. Check the back of the flower head to check all the petals are perfect. The petals turn papery, drop and lose colour once they start to go over. Deadhead flowers to give plants back the energy to ripen the next flower rather than work on producing seed.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water, we rest our blooms for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.