|Dahlias - Adding a touch of colour to the balcony.|
Desperate for colours, I went and bought seeds from one of the locally available brand. The label says Dahlia Exhibition Double. Due to the nature of Dahlia crosses, I would be happy if I can get all semi-doubles. The worst case scenario would be getting all singles. Keeping my everything crossed, I sowed them in March. The balcony is 13 floors up, so the drying breeze should help keep the plants free of fungal diseases.
|Dahlia seedling - 9 days post sowing|
The seeds germinated within 3 - 5 days. My experience with sowing pompom and mignon Dahlia seeds indicate that by 1 week if they do not germinate, they will not. So this batch of seeds did quite well. Out of 12 seeds, 9 germinated. 2 of them were small and flat seeds - probably empty inside. So it wasn't too bad.
Did the usual fungicide cover to prevent damping off, and then fertilisation with weak fertiliser solutions weekly to boost the growth of the plants. In April, the plants were off to a healthy start, and I began topping the plants to encourage bushy growth. I pinched the main shoot and then pinched the laterals again, as I wanted them to provide as many blooms as possible. Also, I prefer to look at the colour and form first to decide if I want to keep the plant for subsequent planting. With a lot of fertilisation and
|Dahlia seedling 5th April - after the first topping with strong laterals|
|Dahlias peeking out from the balcony|
|Identification parade No. 1|
|Identification parade No. 2|