Dahlia variabillis 'Bishop's Children'

We've trialled many types of dahlia seeds but this is the only one we've loved. Fantastic colourful dahlia seeds, that are easy to grow and a brilliant companion plant for your veg patch. More
30 seeds 030085 £2.25 In stock
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As massive dahlia enthusiasts, we have trialled many dahlia seeds. But most dahlia seeds have not met the mark. These dahlia seeds are an exception – brilliant, rich-coloured flowers in deep pink, burnt orange, plum-purple and blood red all set against dark crimson foliage.

Dahlia 'Bishop's Children' is a long-flowering winner for a pot or large container or ideal in a prominent corner.

It is a brilliant companion plant for the veg garden, drawing in lots of pollinators to up production of your insect-pollinated veg.

Genus Dahlia
Group/Species variabilis
Variety Bishop's Children
Type Tender Perennial (grown as a Half-Hardy Annual)
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (35in)
Spacing Plant 30cm apart, thin to 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors March-April. Plant out after last frost.
Care Tips Do not allow the soil to dry out. Tubers may be lifted and overwintered for use the following year, or mulched heavily. Can be grown in container pots.
Flowering July - October, 16 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 5 days.
Cooking Notes The flowers are edible.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
Sarah's blog: Dahlia winners

There’s a plant combination that has won the top prize in the garden this summer...

Planting up your dahlia tubers

In this video Sarah shows you how to plant up your dahlia tubers.

Understanding dahlia groups

A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.

History of the dahlia

First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.

Growing dahlias in pots

Sarah shows you her favourite dahlia varieties for pots, and gives you some tips on how to grow them successfully.

How to plant and grow dahlia tubers

Find out how to grow strong, healthy dahlias this spring – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when...

Overwintering dahlias at Perch Hill

Sarah shows you how she overwinters her dahlia tubers at Perch Hill.

How to overwinter dahlia tubers

Sarah discusses the best options for overwintering dahlias – lifting or mulching.

Sublime dark dahlia flower arrangement

Sarah shows you how to make a gorgeous large arrangement of dahlias.

Planting narcissi bulbs with dahlias

Have a beautiful display of flowers in your garden from March to the first frosts with this simple planting technique.

New favourite dahlia arrangement

Sarah shows you how to make a quick arrangement of colourful dahlias.

How to take dahlia cuttings

Watch and learn how to take dahlia cuttings – turn 1 tuber into 10.

Taking dahlia cuttings

Sarah shows you how to take dahlia cuttings from tubers.


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Dahlia variabillis 'Bishop's Children' reviews

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Reviewed 3rd November 2018 by Caroline

I was delighted with the plants produced from these seeds. A lovely range of colours. I sowed some seed in the middle of February and some in March indoors in the south of England. The seed germinated well and were transplanted into 9cm pots and then into 2 litre pots eventually. The trouble was I couldn’t plant them out until the end of May when there was no risk of frost. Next year I will sow the seed later. I am going to leave the tubers in the ground over winter under a mulch and hope they survive.

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Reviewed 15th October 2018 by Helen

Flowered well.slugs were a real problem.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Lynda

They look very pretty and are doing a good job for the bees, but I would have liked the. To have a few more flowers

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Sharon

Love the Bushops children. Fluwer all summer long. Healthy plants delivered

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Lesley

Good sturdy plants, very well packaged.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Jean

Everything has grown well and looks lively in the garden

Wonderful colours

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Reviewed 12th February 2018 by Joy Spiers

Prolific flowers in first and second year of flowering with a wonderful array of colours all set off by the bronze foliage. I have experimented with leaving some outdoors for this winter. Some in pots and some in beds; we shall see! My favourite one opens a deep ruby colour which fades to amethyst - glorious!

wonderful plant

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Reviewed 6th March 2016 by janine woolford

Fantastic. In the garden they grew and flowered prolifically, better than in pots, and their flowers were a wonderful mix of colours. Very easy from seed and really the most amazing and worthwhile annual.

Very Easy to Sow and Grow

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Greenfingers75

These are very good flowers for beginners. They germinate easily under a plastic cover and survived after that in frost temperatures in a plastic greenhouse! They have lovely dark leaves and are a beautiful colour. A very strong plant.