Dahlia variabillis 'Bishop's Children'

We've trialled many types of dahlia seeds but this is the only one we've loved. Fantastic colourful dahlia seeds, that are easy to grow and a brilliant companion plant for your veg patch. More
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As massive dahlia enthusiasts, we have trialled many dahlia seeds. But most dahlia seeds have not met the mark. These dahlia seeds are an exception – brilliant, rich-coloured flowers in deep pink, burnt orange, plum-purple and blood red all set against dark crimson foliage.

Dahlia 'Bishop's Children' is a long-flowering winner for a pot or large container or ideal in a prominent corner.

It is a brilliant companion plant for the veg garden, drawing in lots of pollinators to up production of your insect-pollinated veg.

Genus Dahlia
Variety Bishop's Children
Type Tender Perennial (grown as a Half-Hardy Annual)
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing Plant 30cm apart, thin to 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors March-April. Plant out after last frost.
Care Tips Do not allow the soil to dry out. Tubers may be lifted and overwintered for use the following year, or mulched heavily. Can be grown in container pots.
Flowering July - October, 16 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 5 days.
Cooking Notes The flowers are edible.
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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Wonderful colours

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Reviewed 12th February 2018 by Joy Spiers

Prolific flowers in first and second year of flowering with a wonderful array of colours all set off by the bronze foliage. I have experimented with leaving some outdoors for this winter. Some in pots and some in beds; we shall see! My favourite one opens a deep ruby colour which fades to amethyst - glorious!

wonderful plant

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Reviewed 6th March 2016 by janine woolford

Fantastic. In the garden they grew and flowered prolifically, better than in pots, and their flowers were a wonderful mix of colours. Very easy from seed and really the most amazing and worthwhile annual.

Very Easy to Sow and Grow

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Greenfingers75

These are very good flowers for beginners. They germinate easily under a plastic cover and survived after that in frost temperatures in a plastic greenhouse! They have lovely dark leaves and are a beautiful colour. A very strong plant.