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Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Chris65Chris65 Posts: 57

Just as the title suggests really, where do you recommend to go and look and buy  some Dahlias online?

Thanks in advance.

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  • Foodie40Foodie40 Posts: 53

    Hi Chris I've always grown mine from seed, they develop well and grow tubers that I lift and store at the end of the season and have found that they grow on well the following year. Not much help to answering your question but could be cheaper in the long run and it's more fun to grow your ownimage

  • Chris65Chris65 Posts: 57
    Foodie40 wrote (see)

    Hi Chris I've always grown mine from seed, they develop well and grow tubers that I lift and store at the end of the season and have found that they grow on well the following year. Not much help to answering your question but could be cheaper in the long run and it's more fun to grow your ownimage

    I never even considered growing from seed, mainly as I don't have a GH to start them off in. I'll take a look though thanks image

  • CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

    I get mine from Parkers,.  They have a huge range.  http://www.jparkers.co.uk/

    I know Parkers are not everyone's cup of tea but I find them good for value, responsive in communication and their plants/bulbs/shrubs are largely very good.

     

  • Foodie40Foodie40 Posts: 53

    Pots on a sunny windowsill are as good, I just love to see seeds popping their heads through and feel pleased with myself that I've grown something (although I did buy my peas this year it's still growing isn't it??) Have planted a sunny border with sweet peas, dahlia, antirrhinum and Livingstone daisies, spent 2 hours on Sunday sieving the soil so it's prefect- now netted off for the cats including mine!!

  • AuntiemandAuntiemand Posts: 46

    http://www.national-dahlia-collection.co.uk/en/ but the order book is closed for this year. 

    Sarah Raven is good - decent sized tubers.

    there are a couple of specialist nurseries too but I can't find the links at the moment.   Will post when I do.

    Growing from seed is easy, but it's really hard to get hold of named varieties.

     

  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241

    Hi,

    Is there not a garden centre near you?

    buying on line is usually much more expensive and you will have to wait for delivery of between four and six quid " for carriage, packing and insurance!"

    As for Parkers my last two deliveries' have been total rubbish and you will wait for 28 days for your order to be dispatched!

    You have heard of the old saying,"once bitten twice shy" well more fool me I went and ordered again and got caught out a second time, never again!

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,781

    Hi , i grown some Dalias from seed this year image they are doing excellent some are a foot high already. I bought a large tuber last year from garden riggs for a £1 or 1.50 and its was gorgeous lots of people commented on it when walking past the house. Its just popped up out of the compost a week ago. I bought a tuber from B&M about 3 weeks ago for 50p image i didnt have much hope for it, but that come up a few days ago.

    you could probably sow some seeds still they will probably catch up. I germinated mine on the windowsill 

    If i was you i go to a garden centre and buy some tubers, they will be a fraction of the price it would cost buying online. 

    Foodie40 - i didn't know the seed variety's grow tubers image. i assumed they would do but was told otherwise. So looks like i am going to have a load more dalias to store this year  image

  • ightenighten Posts: 184

    I got a few from Sarah Raven.. Good tubers and nice varieties but like most things a little overpriced - but it was an open day..

    Try http://www.hallsofheddon.co.uk/dahlias though Im recommending these not from my own experience but its where an old neighbor got hers from and they looked spectacular.

  • Foodie40Foodie40 Posts: 53

    Hi Perki I didn't know either till I dug mine up at the end of the season 2 years ago and found they'd grown tubers, feels like free plants thenimage  I've grown unwins 'pompom mix' this year just cos they were colourful and is a 'great cut flower' according to the packet. My granddad took great pride in his dahlias so it's a reminder to him

  • ightenighten Posts: 184

    Just a note that sarah raven has a 60% off on them at the moment (probably brings them to about normal price then)

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