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A dahlia in a whole new tonal range of apricot at the petal tips to crimson at its heart. It mixes brilliantly with almost any colour. Hugely recommended.

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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.

Variety Nicholas
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
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.


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Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3-4 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

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Dahlia 'Nicholas' reviews

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Reviewed 12th September 2019 by Lorna

I almost didn’t buy this variety, as apricot flowers haven’t really appealed to me. But this flower is an exception- very beautiful in form and colour. It is a bit of a slowcoach though, as it has only just come into flower. It has grown quite strongly, however, and I am hopeful that it will produce more blooms.

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Reviewed 7th September 2019 by Jennie

Took a while to get going but now flowering well.

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Maureen

Plant is healthy and growing but I have not managed to capture the flower yet

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Reviewed 5th August 2019 by Brenda

Excellent plant zrrived in good condition and now flowering fairly ell though heat and lack of rain have not helped.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by John

I planted this in good quality compost and it rotted in the pot.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Sarah

Excellent service. Well packed, healthy tuber flowered early to mid season. Beautiful flowers many of them but snapped during a fierce storm. Am feeding and hoping for regrowth from remaining stump

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Jill

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Nicholas


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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Bernard

Some of the Tubers were in a poor state and some that have been planted did not throw any shoots.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maxine

Excellent service and beautiful flowers

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ms Ingram

Not flowered yet so don’t know if they are the right variety or not.

Beautiful colour.

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Reviewed 13th October 2018 by Helen

I bought this in the sale and it is not one I would have chosen otherwise. I'm really glad I got it as the colour is really beautiful and, I thought, more beautiful than it is in the photos. I have several dark red dahlias and also some yellow ones and this looked great in a vase with either. I've knocked a star off because it didn't produce many flowers.