Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland'

Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland' is almost the perfect dahlia, with velvety, crimson, single flowers and dark crimson leaves. More
1 tuber 229116-1 £3.95 Delivery late February
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3 tubers 229116-3 £10.50 Delivery late February
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1 x 3 litre plant 190513-3L £9.95 Delivery late May
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Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland' is almost the perfect dahlia, with velvety, crimson, single flowers and dark crimson leaves.

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. They come with full planting, spacing and cultivating instructions for beginner gardeners.

Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Bishop Group
Variety Bishop of Auckland
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Border Position Back, Middle
Bulb Size 1
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
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 Only pick dahlias in full flower. Recut the hollow stem ends under water to avoid airlocks.
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
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Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland' reviews

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Lovely but not very successful!

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Reviewed 25th September 2016 by E Brown

Bought three of these, only one is flowering, but that one is lovely and has had lots of flowers.

Best bishop for bees!

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Reviewed 4th January 2015 by Arthur Parkinson

The bumblees could not leave this bishop dahlia alone last summer. It grows tall with beautiful seaweed blacky green leaves and stems producing a profusion of single claret petal flowers with yellow orange centres. I'm planting lots more this year as the bees favoured this one out of many different bishops the most !