Flamboyant Dahlia Collection

You've got to see these to believe them – the VAST and incredible 'Emory Paul', with mini 'Zippity Do Da' at the other end of the scale – a truly flamboyant, flamingo collection. More
4 tubers 229311-4 £15.50 Delivery late February
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8 tubers 229311-8 £27.95 Delivery late February
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4 x 3 litre plants 511436-4 £39.95 Delivery mid May
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You've got to see these to believe them – the VAST and incredible 'Emory Paul', with mini 'Zippity Do Da' at the other end of the scale – a truly flamboyant, flamingo collection.

This collection contains 1 or 2 tubers each of:

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 Decorative Group,

Broad and flat petals, normally bluntly pointed, with no central disc showing. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Single-flowered Group

Flower has a central disc with a single ring of petals encircling it. Petals may be round or pointed. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Emory Paul, Penhill Dark Monarch, Time for All, Zippity Do Da
Type Tender Perennial Tuber
Common Name Dahlia
Border Position Back, Middle
Bulb Size I
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.5m (4ft 11in)
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
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
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.

Flamboyant Dahlia Collection reviews

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Reviewed 5th August 2019 by Anna

Not all have grown.
In general not v impressed with the success rate of the tubers.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Philippa

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Michelle

I have tended these tubers lovingly,following Sarah Raven’s instructions,they have been really hard work and very expensive for the end result! I,so far,at the beginning of August have no buds on them and hence had no flowers at all and am not convinced I am going to get any. I’m so disappointed and not sure I would buy them again. If it had been something else I’d purchased I would have asked for a refund,but a bit difficult when you have to wait for something to grow from a tuber or seed! Very expensive purchase and postage for no flowers!

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Sara

waiting to see not doing much at present

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Darren

Yes only 1 tuber has flowered

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marie

I am unable to identify the collection however one tuber failed to grow.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kathryn

Great service. Tubers arrived promptly and beautifully packaged. Just started flowering and I am really pleased.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sam

fabulous service, healthy tubers

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Followed instructions to the letter but plants are very inferior and hardly any buds let alone flowers. Extremely disappointed as have loved previous purchases and usually fantastic customer service etc. The dahlias - 9 bought in total - have been an expensive failure.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Glenda

Excellent tubers all now flowering

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ms Wilson

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Reviewed 14th July 2019 by Jackie

Disappointing, small tubers, have produced small plants nothing remotely showing sign of flowers yet,2 tubers failed to grow