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Dahlia ‘Honka Fragile’


Great for wildlife
June - October
80cm x 80cm
Attracts Wildlife
Tender Perennial
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Dahlia ‘Honka Fragile’ graces our nursery with its delicate charm and captivating appearance. With its intricate, pastel-coloured blooms and sturdy stems, it adds cheerful textural interest to any garden setting. This dahlia shines when planted in borders or mixed beds, where its unique features can be appreciated up close. Its reliability and easy care nature make it a favourite among gardeners seeking to add a low maintenance plant with large visual impact.

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Dahlia 'Honka Fragile' is a unique and delightful addition to any garden, cherished for its delicate beauty and distinctive star-shaped blooms. The flowers, which typically measure about 10 cm in diameter, feature slender, pointed petals in a creamy white hue with a hint of yellow at the base, creating a light and airy appearance. This Dahlia blooms for an exceptionally long period from June to October, reaching a height of 80 cm. Its elegant, open blooms and refined colour make 'Honka Fragile' an excellent choice for cottage gardens, mixed perennial borders, and contemporary garden designs. The plant's graceful form and subtle colour palette allow it to blend seamlessly with a variety of other plants, such as Cosmos, Salvia, and Lavender, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your garden design. Our horticultural team selected Dahlia 'Honka Fragile' for its exceptional performance and ease of care. This variety thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, making it a reliable and low-maintenance choice for gardeners of all levels. Additionally, its long-lasting blooms make it a superb option for cut flowers, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to indoor arrangements. 'Honka Fragile' is also a magnet for pollinators, earning it the RHS Plants for Pollinators award. This not only enhances the biodiversity of your garden but also ensures a lively and thriving ecosystem. With its unique blooms and charming presence, Dahlia 'Honka Fragile' is sure to become an anticipated bloomer in any garden setting.

Planting Conditions

To plant your Dahlia, we recommend choosing a sunny spot in the garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The soil should be well-drained and enriched with compost or organic matter. Plant the Dahlia with spacing of 30-60 cm apart to allow for growth and air circulation. We advise the planting location is sheltered from strong winds to prevent damage. Water the Dahlia regularly to support its establishment, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged, to promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

Watering & Feeding

To water and feed your Dahlia, we recommend adding granular feed to the compost before planting. Once planted, water regularly to help establish the plant. Make sure to direct your watering can or hose to the base of the plant, ensuring the water soaks down to the roots. This deep watering helps promote strong root growth. Dahlias thrive with consistent moisture, so keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, consider using a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-4 weeks to encourage robust blooms.

General Care

If your Dahlia has large flowers you may need to put stakes in the ground, one per stem and tie the stems to the posts to support the weight of the flower. As the flowers fade, cut back the stems to a leaf joint, as this will encourage the plant to keep producing new buds. At the end of the season you can leave the Dahlia tuber in the ground if they are planted in a very free draining position and you live in a warmer part of the UK. You will need to cover it with at least 6 inches of mulch, for example bark chippings. You can also dig the tuber up, shake off the excess soil and place it in a dark, dry and cool place for the Winter. Surround it with dry material like sand and replant it in the ground once there is no risk of frost in the next Spring. Dahlias can be prone to aphids, slugs, and fungal diseases; regular monitoring and care are advised.