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Super-tastic shape and colour, the ideal punctuation mark with dark, rich varieties, as well as whites. It's a must-have for us dahlia fanatics.

Our dahlias:

  • are first class, healthy tubers – the largest and best you can buy.
  • come with full planting, spacing and cultivating instructions for beginner gardeners
  • tubers should be potted up when they arrive and be kept in a light, frost-free place until the frosts are over and then be planted into the garden.

This can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card. You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process. To add a gift message to your order, simply fill out the details at the delivery stage of the checkout.

Please note: only items which are showing ‘in stock’ can be gift wrapped.

Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Cactus Group

Similar to semi-cactus, but with narrower petals. Also includes Fimbriated Cactus dahlias. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Mel's Orange Marmalade
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1m (39in)
Spacing Plant just under the soil surface, 75cm (30in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting 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
Vase Life Change the water regularly and add a dash of cider vinegar or bleach as you do.
Harvesting Flower production - 4 to 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
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.

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.

Planting up your dahlia tubers

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

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...

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.

Delivery

Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

Click here to find out more information about our delivery rates and times.

Dahlia 'Mel's Orange Marmalade' reviews

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Barbara

It's pink! Refund pending.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Elaine

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Jenifer

Only just opened, it is orange, but is clearly a different dahlia

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Anne

Wrong tuber sent although clearly marked Mels Orange Marmalade.
Have already been reimbursed thanks

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Betty

No flowers but healthy plant.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Valerie

just what was described on the web site.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Carol

Always have excellent service and beautiful healthy plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ronny

The Mels' Orange Marmalade were very droopy and I have had to tie them up very carefully - 2 of the stems had fallen off and the leaves were turning yellow. I did call customer service and they said to soak in water. I have now planted them but they do not look very happy.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Patrick

Same as above, not many flowers

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lyndsay

Wrong plant was sent and you were unable to send a replacement

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Phil

Too early to say but coming into bud

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mr Craig

I am still awaiting the first flowers so I cannot comment, plant looks healthy enough though.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Clare

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Eleanor

Not in flower yet but all of the others I purchased are growing well

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Rowena

Love this and is a replacement for one I lost to frist

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Janette

Good sized tubers delivered quickly and well packaged

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Ringrose

Of the 4 purchased, only two are finally growing, so far without buds (July)
Very disappointed

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Service good small did produce stems and hope for flowers soon

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Catherine

Fat tuber, swiftly into growth, very bushy thanks to slug attention...unfortunately I mixed up my labelling so I have to wait for flowers to be sure which one’s which of the three I purchased is which...

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kate

They are not flowering yet - I thought the plants were a little late to be planting - most dahlias I see in other people’s gardens are flowering profusely - I hope they will still delight us

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Derick

Wrong colour supplied. Purple not orange and rather disappointed as will have to wait another year to have the colour scheme I had hoped for. Grateful for full refund though, much appreciated!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Wendy

This the second year running that I have bought this dahlia. There has been not a single bloom or sign of one. Last year was so hot I made allowances. This year, unless it's a late blooming dahlia, It looks like I will be disappointed again.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Dawn

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maureen

Unfortunately, I have received a tuber which is growing well, but is definitely not Orange Marmalade - it is pink

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by James

Tuber looked fine, but this year has failed to make much growth or produce flowers (planted with other Sarah Raven tubers which has grown and flowered beautifully)

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Small plant, not yet in flower. Previously purchased and didn't grow. Jury's out on whether to pursue with this one

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sue

Excellent service, quality tubers, very floriferous with a rich colour. Love it

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marretje

Beautiful dahlia about to burst into flower

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Melanie

Healthy tuber now growing

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Tracey

All three of my Mel's Marmalade dahlias were pink and not orange as stated in the description. They are lovely dahlias, but sadly I particularly wanted orange as my boarder has been designed as a "hot" boarder featuring reds, oranges and yellows - hence these looking out of place and only giving 2 stars.

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Reviewed 31st May 2019 by Patricia

The tubers took quite a while to sprout - one now in my garden is growing well. The others have been given to friends. Some initial slug damage to leaves has been stopped by surrounding plant with wool pellets

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Reviewed 29th May 2019 by Melanie

Healthy tuber now growing