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1 x 3 litre pot 190518-3L £10.50 Delivery mid June
When in stock, please allow up to 4-6 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns or potatoes, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

Or buy this as part of our Swan Lake Dahlia Collection and Fresh Dahlia Collection.

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No late summer and autumn garden is complete without this, which shot into our top favourites at Perch Hill. It looks majestic in the garden, pot or vase. Passionately recommended!

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Genus Dahlia
Group/Species Miscellaneous Group

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

Variety Honka Fragile
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
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
Container Dahlias | Why Sarah Loves These

Sarah discusses her current favourite dahlias for pots, and how to grow and care for them for the most floriferous container displays.

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.

Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 4-6 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns or potatoes, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

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Dahlia 'Honka Fragile' reviews

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Reviewed 4th November 2019 by Debz

Sadly the tuber did not sprout. Will re-order as I think they are beautiful flowers.

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Sue

Attractive flower colour & form making good contrast to foliage

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kay

Rather slow start and tiny growth. But now catching up. Hoping for a bloom for next weeks wedding for son's table dec.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Carolyn

Excellent website, very good and well thought out packaging, very helpful instructions other than healthy seedlings and bulbs, all despatched with good timing . Look forward to trying vegetable and flower seeds.

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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 Sue

Excellent service. Badly susceptible to slug attack, had to use pellets or would have lost the plants. Few flowers as yet, not my favourite

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ken


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Reviewed 13th October 2018 by Helen

These unusual dahlias look very beautiful in the garden. Mine grew well, but unlike one of the other reviewers, I found they did not have a good vase life, which was disappointing, but I would still recommend this for the garden.

A beauty

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Reviewed 23rd August 2017 by Kate Halls

I love this Dahlia, such a beauty, the colour is white blushed with pink , with a yellow and dark pink middle. It really is beautiful and has a great vase life

Nice shape dahlia

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Reviewed 30th July 2017 by Diane Holden

This is a lovely shape and a very healthy plant but completely dark pink and not as the picture on your website. I bought it as part of the coconut ice collection but I think the wrong collection was sent although the names on the individual packets were as ordered.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for taking time to review our site. It sounds like your tuber may have been mis-labelled so please contact our customer service team at info@sarahraven.com or by calling 0345 092 0283 and our team will assist you further.
Kind Regards, The Sarah Raven Team


Posted 31st July 2017

Colour different to the picture

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Reviewed 4th July 2017 by Lindsey Richards

This was more pink than white. I bought it as part of the 'Coconut Ice' collection. I am not sure that I have the correct variety.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.
We are sorry to hear that your dahlia has not flowered as expected.
Please do contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help you."

Posted 6th July 2017