Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'
Dahlia 'Short Track'

Dahlia 'Short Track'

Dahlia 'Short Track'

1 tuber — £2.73

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Description

When subtle and demure just won’t do, big, bold flowers such as the eye-popping Dahlia 'Short Track' can be just the thing. This statuesque variety is perfect for the middle to back of a border, where its raspberry ripple blooms pop against lush green foliage. Each flower of Dahlia 'Short Track' offers its own unique interpretation of the colour scheme, of crisp white with bright red edges and a hint of yellow. Use as light accents in a rich, warm border, or to really have some fun, pair with other multicoloured varieties for an eccentric and downright bonkers display. Think 'Crème Silence', 'Night Butterfly', 'Pooh Swan Island', 'Dahlegria Bicolore', and 'Honka Mix'. 

Flowering from July to October, Dahlia 'Short Track' is perfect for offering late season colour and interest when all else is beginning to tire. For an extra bushy and floriferous plant, pinch out the growing tip when around 20cm tall to just above a lower set of leaves. 

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Dahlia 'Short Track'

  • Flower colour

    White, red

  • Tuber size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 tubers per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Dahlia 'Short Track' is half hardy, which means that it should be kept frost free over winter and during spring.

    • For best results, start your dahlia tubers in temporary pots in a
      greenhouse in March or April to grow on to transplant outside later in the season—this will give them a head start.

    • Alternatively, you can plant the Dahlia 'Short Track' tubers directly outside in May.

    • Plant with the stump of last year's stem facing upwards. The tuber should be fully submerged but with the stump just below the soil surface.

    • Plant one tuber per 8-10" pot if growing on during spring. When
      planting outside, space the tubers around 30-50cm apart from each other. Compact varieties don’t need so much space.

    • Water-in thoroughly after planting and continue to water regularly once in full growth, but only when the soil appears to be nearly dry.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

Dahlias in 60 seconds

Dahlias like full sun and a free-draining soil, and should be lifted and stored in winter, or at least protected with peat or straw. Dahlia flowers can range from 5 to 25cm in diameter and those magnificent larger-flowering dahlias might appreciate a little extra support with canes!

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