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    Hi All. I’m wondering if anyone can advise me as to the best thing to do about growing some Dahlias. I have a greenhouse, so ok doing from seed which may be cheaper but is it better to buy Tubers?

    Also I’m looking at following a white/purple/blue theme in my garden but all the ones I see are gaudy bright colours and always seem to come “mixed”.

    Where is the best place to buy Dahlia’s in whatever format from?

    Kind Regards.........Rob
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    Due to the colours you are after you would be best to get tubers. Yellow is a dominate colour when it comes to seed and you will end up with a lot for the compost heap. Also there are no 'blue' dahlias. In regards to where to buy you could try Withypitts Dahlias - Specialist Dahlia Farm in West Sussex. which I know quite a few cut flower folk buy from and https://nationaldahliacollection.co....l-dahlias.html might be worth a try.
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    Unfortunately there are no blue dahlias. I grew some from seed from the James Wong range this year but they were fibrous and tasted bland. The flowers Looked good - yellows, pinks, reds and pinky purple. From seed you can either get a specific named variety (I've a couple more packs of seed for specific varieties) or get a mixed lot.

    £ shops often have dahlia tubers for sale in spring. Never got them so I don't know what they're like.

    Unfortunately If I can't eat it, it doesn't grow in the Jungle. So we're looking to take another plot to include flowers next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    Due to the colours you are after you would be best to get tubers. Yellow is a dominate colour when it comes to seed and you will end up with a lot for the compost heap. Also there are no 'blue' dahlias. In regards to where to buy you could try Withypitts Dahlias - Specialist Dahlia Farm in West Sussex. which I know quite a few cut flower folk buy from and https://nationaldahliacollection.co....l-dahlias.html might be worth a try.
    Thank you, I will look into those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    Unfortunately there are no blue dahlias. I grew some from seed from the James Wong range this year but they were fibrous and tasted bland. The flowers Looked good - yellows, pinks, reds and pinky purple. From seed you can either get a specific named variety (I've a couple more packs of seed for specific varieties) or get a mixed lot.

    £ shops often have dahlia tubers for sale in spring. Never got them so I don't know what they're like.

    Unfortunately If I can't eat it, it doesn't grow in the Jungle. So we're looking to take another plot to include flowers next year.
    Thank you. They don’t have to exactly be blue as such, it’s just that I’m creating a theme in my garden of the dominant colours being blue, white, purple...... lavender “ish” type of colours and shades.

    Regards...... Rob
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    Dynamite. Bear in mind not only the variety like cactus, single flower, pompom etc, but also the difference in height if you are planning out your garden.
    Dahlias will range in height from one foot to 6 foot tall.
    They are a great flower to grow and the bees love them.
    Good luck with your project.
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    Ive visited this place - their dahlia collection is pretty impressive and they also do rooted cuttings for delivery in May.
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    I grew about 12 from seed last year mainly to incorporate within the fruit and veg for the pollinators. It was from a 10p pack of seeds I got from W1lkos before I left England.
    You're right, not a great choice of colours, however the mix were nice enough around the garden.
    Started on the windowsill, some were potted in the garden, the rest were put in the ground.
    Dead easy to maintain, quite hardy, prolific flowerers and quite shade tolerant.
    When digging them up - it's also quite interesting to see how one tiny seed can produce a mass of tubers.
    Anyway, I'll replant the saved tubers next year and see how they get on.
    I've also bought another couple of budget seed packets online (of different varieties) to increase the stock.
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