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Luscious colours and textures in this new Velvet Dahlia Collection. Perfect growing together and arranged in a vase.

This collection includes:

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 Anemone Group,

Centre compromises of dense elongated tubes rather than a disc. The outer parts have one or more rings of flattened petals. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Decorative Group,

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

Miscellaneous Group

Orchid-flowered and Peony-flowered types are classified as Miscellaneous. Also includes Double Orchis-flowered, Bishop, Mini Bishop and Star dahlias. Click here for more information about dahlia groups.

Variety Purple Flame, Soulman, Waltzing Mathilda
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
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
Advice & Videos
Allotment Open Day

Perhaps a little bit nosy but there's something really exciting about checking out other people's plots, marvelling at their runner beans twining up...

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.

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

Velvet Dahlia Collection reviews

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Reviewed 11th August 2019 by Mary

Only 1 grew. The other is nice

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Celia

I ordered my dahlias when they were on sale at 50% off. I didn't expect the tubers to be as plump and large as they were. Packaged beautifully too with recyclable/compostable materials.
I planted my dahlias in tubs after allowing them to sprout and they are just coming into bloom. They look fantastic (apart from a few buds & leaves which have been nibbled by caterpillars.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Claire

Good service but one went soggy and had to be thrown away and one is really lanky. No flowers yet but I’m sure the rest will be lovely!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Duncan

Unfortunately none of the dahlias grew

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Carol

Wonderful, gorgeous colours ! Definitely will purchase again to build up my dahlia collection.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Anne

Two are beautiful. One did not grow

Gorgeous

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Reviewed 9th October 2016 by jane priestley

These are just as beautiful as the picture suggests . This was my first time growing dahlias and all the plants have turned out really well . They are tall , bushy and full of flowers and buds - even now well into October