Feeding for dahlias is an emergency measure for a starving plant. This is far from always necessary, but there are cases in which a plant cannot do without an additional diet.
Dahlia is considered unpretentious plant. For a normal life, he needs:
Dahlia tubers allow the plant to develop a stem up to 1.5 m tall in 2 months, on which up to 10 large flowers of a wide color range manage to bloom by mid-summer. A quick start and good results allow you to grow dahlias even in extreme climates.
The main disadvantage of these plants is their complete intolerance to frost. However, this disadvantage can be wrapped in dignity. Proper storage of tubers allows you to provide your site with its planting material and a constant source for creative search.
Rapid growth, a large stem with rich green leaves, large bright flowers - all this requires very fertile soil and special care in providing mineral nutrition.
A healthy plant does not need additional nutrition. Excessive fertilization can harm both the soil and the plant.
Mineral fertilizers change the acidity of the soil, producing a shift of the scale towards the alkaline reaction, and contribute to the accumulation of heavy metals.
Mineral fertilizers are now available to everyone, and some gardeners think that dressing is mandatory. This, of course, is not true. A very simple rule is relevant here: if the plant looks healthy, then there is no need to intervene in its development. The health of a dahlia is determined by the growth rate, color and integrity of the leaves, the size of the stem and, most importantly, the abundance and shape of the flowers.
Signs of trouble with dahlias are as follows.
So the dahlia shows the illnesses. Here are the main problems that await lovers of these bright colors. There are, of course, many more unpleasant surprises, but many of them are eliminated by feeding. The exception, perhaps, are pests, in the fight against which another chemistry is needed.
Fertilizer for dahlias can be applied in the following ways:
Feeding times can be different. For dahlias, mandatory spraying with a nutrient solution is usually carried out in early spring, when it is necessary to create favorable conditions for the start of tuber growth after winter, as well as during the flowering period. More frequent top dressing is done according to the situation.
In general, the rhythm of feeding is as follows:
Feeding solutions can be bought ready-made. Most often, a tool such as "Bud" is used, which is considered a universal stimulator of the formation of flowers.
In all other cases, it is recommended to prepare the following solutions:
Dahlias are plants that respond quickly to care. You will please them with fertilizers, and they will answer you with bright and large colors.