Dahlia variabilis 'Bishop's Children / Seeds

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Dahlia variabilis 'Bishop's Children / Seeds

A brilliant mix of hot coloured flowers from July to October, developed from the renowned Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff.  Plants have dark bronze leaves, contrasting well with the red, pink and orange flowers.  These Dahlias grow to a height of 60 - 75cm and are ideal for borders and larger containers. They attract lots of pollinators and are good cut flowers.


Dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ grows well in sun and rich well drained soil, with plenty of water during the summer.  Plants flower from seed in the first year and form tubers, which can be stored over winter and replanted in spring for many years of flowers.


Pack of 40 seeds.  Sow in spring (February to April). Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Half hardy perennial, often grown as an annual (RHS Hardines H3)
Flowers July to October
Height 60 - 75cm
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Full sun and rich well-drained soil.
Sow

Sow in spring (February to April) 5mm deep in small pots of compost.  Keep at 18–25 degrees Celcius and germination takes 1–3 weeks, longer if cooler.  Pot on young seedlings, pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushiness, and plant out after the last frost. Or sow directly in the ground in May to June (after the last frost) in cultivated soil.  Germination outside can take a couple of months, so only direct sow in warmer gardens where plants have enough time to mature into flower.  Seeds can be sown indoors into autumn, and kept in a frost free greenhouse over winter for planting out in spring.

Grow Plants flower in summer and into autumn.  Deadhead the plants to encourage more flowers.  In autumn, remove the dying stems and lift the tubers, store in a frost free place over winter and replant in spring.  Tubers can be left in the ground in warmer gardens, and covered with a mulch over winter. Softwood cuttings can be taken in late spring and early summer.  Tubers of mature plants can be divided in winter, leaving at least one eye per tuber.