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Dahlia Poodle Skirt


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Great for wildlife
July - September
85cm x 40cm
Attracts Wildlife
Tender Perennial

Ah, the Dahlia Poodle Skirt! This dahlia variety is like a blast from the past, channelling the retro vibes of iconic 1950s fashion. Just like its namesake, this dahlia flaunts frilly and flouncy petals that resemble the twirling skirts of those sock-hopping poodle enthusiasts. With its vibrant colours and playful charm, the Dahlia Poodle Skirt is ready to dance its way into your garden and bring a touch of vintage flair.

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Dahlia Poodle Skirt is a delightful and eye-catching dahlia variety that will bring a touch of retro charm to your garden. With its distinctive frilly and flouncy petals, this dahlia truly embodies the spirit of the iconic 1950s poodle skirts. Its unique appearance and vibrant colours make it a standout choice for adding a pop of whimsy and nostalgia to your flower beds, borders, or containers. This dahlia typically grows to a height of about 24-36 inches (60-90 cm) and spreads up to 18-24 inches (45-60 cm). Its compact and bushy growth habit makes it an excellent choice for both small and large gardens. The Poodle Skirt dahlia is also well-suited for container gardening, allowing you to showcase its retro charm on patios, decks, or balconies.    

Planting Conditions

When it comes to planting, Dahlia Poodle Skirt thrives in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. It prefers full sun to partial shade, with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and abundant flowering. Choosing a location that offers some protection from strong winds is advisable to prevent damage to the delicate frilly petals.

Watering & Feeding

Regular watering is essential to keep the Poodle Skirt dahlia hydrated and healthy. Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry, ensuring the water reaches the root zone. However, be cautious not to overwater, as dahlia tubers are prone to rot in excessively wet conditions. Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plant will help retain moisture, suppress weed growth, and maintain a cool root environment.

General Care

To encourage continuous blooming, it is recommended to deadhead faded flowers regularly. Removing spent blooms not only enhances the overall appearance of the plant but also redirects its energy towards producing new buds and flowers. Pinching back the growing tips when the plant reaches about 12 inches (30 cm) in height can also promote bushier growth and more abundant flowering.