Dahlia 'Brown Sugar'

A very perky, floriferous brand new dahlia with super strong, straight stems for real impact in a border and vase. More
1 tuber 229322-1 £4.50

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A very perky, floriferous brand new dahlia with super strong, straight stems for real impact in a border and vase.

Please note that we are unable to supply this variety as tubers due to a crop shortage. You may like Dahlia 'Zundert Mystery Fox' instead, which is very similar in shape and colour.

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Ball Group

Larger than pompoms and have a spiral arrangement of incurved petals forming a ball-shaped flower. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Brown Sugar
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Cutting Garden
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 75cm (30in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant just under the soil surface after the last frosts. Alternativley pot them up undercover March or early April in a generous pot (at least 2 litre) filled with multi-purpose potting compost. Place them in a light, frost-free place and keep the compost moist. Pinch out their growing tips when they have reached about 8" tall. They will have formed bushy plants by the time the frosts have ended and will be in flower by the beginning of July. If you don’t have anywhere to grow the potted tubers, you can put them straight into the ground when the frosts are nearly over, mulching them or protecting with a cloche or protective horticultural fleece if the foliage appears before the frosts are over, but this will delay flowering.
Care Tips Support with a stout stick, tie in every couple of weeks. In the south you can mulch deeply and overwinter them in the ground, alternatively, lift and overwinter your dahlias frost free undercover.
Flowering July - November
Harvesting Flower production 5 months
Cooking Notes All dahlia flowers are edible. I use the petals scattered over salad and to decorate a range of puddings.
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
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.

How to plant and grow dahlia tubers

Discover how to grow strong, healthy dahlias – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when they arrive.

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.

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 take dahlia cuttings

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


Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 5 days for despatch.

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Dahlia 'Brown Sugar' reviews

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Reviewed 11th October 2019 by Jez

Again, a very prolific variety. Gorgeous colour - I've had many compliments. A mixed vase of Brown Sugar with Mel's Orange Marmalade, Labyrinth and Rip City won first prize in the mixed dahlia class at our local Show

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Reviewed 29th September 2019 by Amanda

These struggled due to slugs and regrew but not sure if I will get flowers this year. The tubers were healthy.

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Reviewed 14th September 2019 by Jacqueline

As above, this might eventually flower or it might be the one that hasn't grown on at all.

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Reviewed 12th September 2019 by Lorna

I ordered this as part of the Brown Sugar Collection (two tubers each of After Dusk and Brown Sugar. After Dusk is absolutely beautiful and as a collection, the two varieties go well together. Once again, the first tubers arrived in pieces and had to be replaced by customer services. Perhaps this is because I ordered late (early May) in the sale, and orders made early in the year receive the best, healthier tubers. However I ordered late last year too and don’t recall the same amount of quality problems as this year.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Valerie

great service from sarah raven.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Julie

Had a problem getting a shoot. Still hasn’t flowered although in bud.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Daniel

delivered quickly ,great condition ,excellent packaging and planting instructions. Great value.
Many thanks.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Katie

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

Lovely colour, healthy plant, well packaged

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Catherine

Tuber arrived in good condition and ready to grow, and started into growth very quickly. This was one of three I ordered but I mixed up the labels so I’m waiting for flowers to see which ones which, shouldn’t be long now that buds are forming, and the slugs love them so they must be good!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

Slow to get started but starting to flower well now. Mine seem rather darker orange than those illustrated on the website.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sandra


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Reviewed 3rd November 2018 by Caroline

This is one of my favourite dahlias. It is a fabulous colour and lasted well as a cut flower. It grew to 1.4m in sandy soil with 7cm flowers. Highly recommended.