Dahlia ‘Salmon Runner’
Sent to me by the breeder as a trial previously, I’ve grown it for two years now and its not let me down!
The same strong stocky growth as Dahlia ‘American Dawn’ so it needs a lot less staking than other dahlia’s and an excellent choice for the smaller garden.
The leaves go all the way to the base making a very neat looking plant, I used it to line the pathways
Not the longest stems for cut flowers but plenty long enough for table flowers and longer stems can be achieved by disbudding.
Flower type: Decorative (officially) but I think its quite like a chunky Waterlily
Height: 90cm (Tall)
Flower Size: 10cm
Position: Full Sun
Plant spacing: 60cm (min)
Pinch: when plants are 30cm tall (Pinching will be covered in detail on Instagram Stories)
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.