Dahlia ‘Downham Royal’
Dahlia ‘Downham Royal’, a medium sized ball dahlia in the most gorgeous rich purple jewel colour.
One of the first dahlias I ever bought, Dahlia ‘Downham Royal’ has been a mainstay in my garden ever since.
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: 100 (Tall)
Flower Size: 7cm
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.