Bishops Children Dahlia Seeds

Bishop's Children Dahlia Seeds

A descendant of that classic Dahlia, Bishop of Llandaff.

(P) Pkt of 50 seeds
Item # 00665-PK-P1
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One of the most stunning Dahlias you will ever see -- let alone grow! -- Bishop's Children is a warm-toned mix of solid and bicolor blooms in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple. The single and semi-double, Peony-formed flowers include plenty of bicolors and two-tone blends, some gaily striped, others shading from one hue to the next like a tropical sunset, and still others a rich, deep solid color. But what makes these blooms really extraordinary is that they arise atop black foliage!

This informal, bushy plant reaches 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall and about a foot wide, with leaves so dark they appear black. The 3- to 4-inch blooms are held above the foliage, forming a colorful canopy atop the neat plant. Stunning in the garden and long-lasting in the vase, Bishop's Children may become your favorite cutflower as well as a showstopper in the border and bed!

As its name suggests, Bishop's Children is a descendant of that most famous of all Dahlias, Bishop of Llandaff. Grown extensively in England (where it's one of the most popular plants of all time), Bishop of Llandaff is certainly magnificent, but we think that its "children" are even more impressive for modern gardens!

Easy to grow from seed, this Dahlia may be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last anticipated frost or sown directly into the garden. It will do best in full sun and in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pkt is 50 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 4 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


ernaldo from NH wrote on July 01, 2017

All started in cellar under grow lights, warmed with pad until sprouted. Enured gradually a few weeks later (mid April) They are now incredibly beautiful..ALL plants not only survived, they are the stars of my gardens....

Nice intense colors against the dark foliage...
OCDShopper from LA wrote on June 05, 2017

These intense blossoms of these plants offer a nice contrast to the dark foliage. I wish we were able to post pictures here. I have mostly intense reds and salmon colored ones. But, I lost quite a few seedlings to transplant shock. (I didn't acclimate them properly to the sun after germinating them indoors). The blossoms stand up tall over the foliage. My plants are about three feet tall now (in June) and I set them outside at the end of April. I'll probably get another packet next season and grow some out to give to my friends.

Vigous plants, easy to start from seed
Diana from ID wrote on October 13, 2014

I planted my seedlings into the garden the first part of May. They started growing immediately and kept growing and growing and growing. THEY NEED TO BE STAKED! It is a lot easier to tie them to the stakes as they grow. It is quite difficult to corral 4 ft tall plants that are already bent over.The stems are sturdy but a little brittle, so you need to be careful when standing the bent plants upright.The blooms are beautiful, plentiful and nicely held above the nearly black glossy foliage. This makes them easy to deadhead and cut for indoor display. It is Oct 12 and they are still blooming as we have not had a frost yet. The only down side is that I got mostly red and orange flowers. I am going to start a few more next year to try to get some other colors.

Marsha from IN wrote on December 11, 2011

This is such an incredible dahlia; the flower colors are intense and bright, the foliage is attractive (for a dahlia), and it is unbelievably easy to start from seed. I have dug the tubers in the fall and planted them the following year with great success. They may need to be staked in late summer, but are not as untidy as larger dahlias.

Dahlia Germination Information

How to Sow Dahlia:
  • For best results, sow indoors 4-6 weeks before planting outside, maintaining a temperature of 68-70° F
  • Sow outdoors when danger of frost is past and cover the seeds with four times their thickness in soil
  • Germination takes 5-10 days
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Dahlia:
Spacing:  Space 1-3 feet apart in full sun in good, rich soil; water and fertilize frequently

Additional Care: After the tops have been blacken by frost, dig up the tubers and store them over winter in a bag full of peat moss in a cool place. Replant in spring when danger of frost is past

Appearance and Use:

An easy-to-grow source of bright blooms, grow for borders, beds, and background plantings or for cut-flower arrangements. Floriferous plants, 1-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide, are deer-resistant and humidity-tolerant. From early summer till fall, rounded, 1- to 5- inch blooms arise in white, pink, crimson, yellow-red, lilac-purple, and a wide range of color patterns. The flowers can have form such as single, double, formal, informal, quill, anemone, cactus, and pompom

About Dahlia:
Pronunciation:  dal’yu
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Asteraceae; native to Mexico
Common Name:Dahlia

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What depth should I sow various seeds?
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