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December 11th 2019

Top Dahlia Sources for 2020

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This past year we have been hard at work writing and photographing a book all about dahlias. It will be available in early 2021 and I can’t wait for you to hold it in your hands. Until then, we have compiled a list of our favorite sources for tubers, all of which we order from regularly and love.

Floret dahlia field There are so many small specialty dahlia producers scattered across the country and many of the longest standing growers don’t have much of an online presence so they can be really hard to find. A great place to look for growers and find out when their tubers will be going on sale is dahliaaddict.com. This site lists dahlia names alphabetically and who sells them. There are over 50 different suppliers listed on their site in the United States and over a dozen in Canada, making it the most comprehensive source list on the internet to date. The site itself doesn’t include photos, but you can click the “google image search” just to the left of the variety name to see what it looks like.

Floret dahlia fieldTop U.S. Dahlia Sources

I’m an avid dahlia collector and this past season our field included nearly 800 varieties. This coming season we have plans to add at least 80 more and the list is growing by the day! I buy tubers from a lot of different places and thought I would share some of my top sources for quality and unique offerings.

Selling dahlia tubers online is not for the faint of heart. There is a huge demand for tubers and rarely enough stock to go around. When shopping online for dahlia tubers, please extend a lot of grace and compassion to these committed small-scale growers. They go above and beyond to make tubers available to gardeners all over the country.

Hands down, the best dahlia growers I’ve ever encountered are Calvin and Julie Cook from Arrowhead Dahlias in Colorado. This husband and wife team grow more than 300 different varieties on their flower farm located on the eastern plains of Colorado, northeast of Denver. Calvin has been growing dahlias since he was a child and has honed decades of growing experience into offering a wonderful selection of super high quality dahlia tubers. Their shop opened on December 1st and a lot of the best varieties have already been snatched up, but there are still some gems available.

Accent Dahlias here in Washington is one of my treasured sources for hard to find varieties as well as tried and true favorites. Owner Ken Greenway is a wealth of knowledge and is one of the most prolific dahlia breeders of our time. I have visited the Accent display gardens nearly every year and love working with Ken. His selection, tubers, and service are outstanding. Ken primarily sells his own creations, but also offers a few must haves for any dahlia lover.

Aztec Dahlias located in Petaluma, California offers a wide selection of dahlia tubers. In 2016, owner Kate Rowe left her corporate job and jumped into flowers with both feet by buying Aztec Dahlias, an established dahlia farm in the San Francisco Bay area. Kate expanded the farm from 3,400 to 7,200 plants with more than 400 varieties of dahlias. Her farm is now a destination that allows customers to walk through the field and experience what it’s like to be inside a sea of incredible blooms. 

Bear Creek Farm is located in the Hudson River Valley and has taken the New York flower market by storm. In addition to offering an incredible selection of fresh cut blooms they have also started offering over 100 varieties of their tubers for sale. Owner Debra Kaye has a keen eye for color and her variety selection is unmatched. 

Birch Bay Dahlias located in Washington is my all time favorite place to discover new novelties. Be sure to check out the “Anemone & Other” tab to find all of the hard to find gems. I especially love the Sandia varieties.

Clearview Dahlias located here in Washington is an excellent source for beautiful and rare varieties and their quality is top notch. Owners Richard and Danielle Parshall are prolific breeders and have introduced so many treasures.

Connell’s Dahlias is a great source for high quality, reasonably priced tubers. This Washington company has wonderful service, a nice selection, and some of the most high quality tubers I’ve ever ordered and they always seem to tuck in a few extras.

Crazy 4 Dahlias is a small farm located in Maryland and operated by John Spangenberg. John specializes in breeding varieties that perform well in hot climates. Most of the varieties he offers for sale are intended for show.

Dahlias by Julie located in northwest Washington offers a fantastic selection of many hard to find varieties. The demand for her tubers is a testament to her quality and customer service.

Dahlia Shed is a family operated flower farm located in Rhode Island that offers dahlia tubers for sale in the winter months in bulk quantities for home gardeners and flower farmers.

Dan’s Dahlias is located in Washington state and has been offering dahlias for over 35 years. Dan sells more than 300 varieties. 

Delightful Dahlias has two locations in Washington state, offers over 600 unique varieties and has great customer service. 

Ferncliff Gardens has been offering top quality tubers for more than 100 years. In addition to their wide range, they breed many of their own creations.

Fivefork Farms is a flower farm and collaborative partnership between five siblings in Upton, Massachusetts. They have been working for a number of years to build up mother stock and increase their offerings of the best varieties for cutting.

Jan’s Country Garden is located in Washington state and has a wonderful selection of my favorite varieties for cutting. They have been offering tubers for over 30 years and have a reputation for quality. 

JS Dahlias is located in Middlebury, Illinois and offers more than 200 varieties with a specialty in show-quality dahlias. 

Lobaugh’s Dahlias is a small family business located in Chehalis, Washington that specializes in hybridizing new varieties as well as selling a nice selection of tubers in their online shop.

Old House Dahlias  is a 14-acre farm located in Tillamook, Oregon that offers over 200 varieties and some of the best varieties for cutting. 

Ribier Gardens is located on 5 acres in Meridian, Idaho and their dahlia tuber store opened for the second year on December 1st. All of their dahlias are certified organic and lovingly tended to by Jen Zissou and her family. Jen gave up her previous profession after a health scare and had the realization that life is just too short not to be passionate about every moment. Jen has been living the dream ever since!

Siskiyou Seeds located in Oregon offers a small but beautiful selection of certified organic dahlia tubers.

Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon offers one of the largest variety selections in the country. This family run operation has been in business for 91 years and is the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States. In addition to offering the highest quality tubers on the market they also go above and beyond when it comes to customer service and satisfaction. They are a joy to work with and it’s no wonder why they have been in business so long.

Sunny Meadows Flower Farm owned by Gretel and Steve Adams is an urban flower farm 6 miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio. Their online tuber shop has a great selection specifically for cut flower production.

Summer Dreams Farm is fast becoming one of the largest dahlia growers in the country. Located in Michigan and owned by Michael Genovese, Summer Dreams Farm offers an incredible selection of fresh flowers throughout the state during the growing season and tubers shipped nationally in the off season. His quality is fantastic and tubers are known to sell out fast, so sign up for his newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out.

Our flower farming friends Triple Wren Farms up in Ferndale, Washington have recently added dahlia tubers to their offerings list. They have a great selection of varieties that are especially suited for cut flower growing, including many of my tried and true favorites.

Floret dahlia field

International Sources

For international readers looking for dahlia tubers, we’ve compiled a short list of potential sources. But please note that, unlike the U.S. suppliers listed above, we do not have any firsthand experience ordering from these companies, so we cannot vouch for their quality or service.

AUSTRALIA

Country Dahlias: www.countrydahlias.com.au

Winkie Dahlias: www.winkiedahlias.com

CANADA

Connie’s Dahlias: www.facebook.com/ConniesDahliaTubers

Creekside Growers: www.creeksidegrowers.ca

Ferncliff Gardens: www.ferncliffgardens.com/Dahlias.php

FGL Dahlias: fgldahlias.com

Oakridge Dahlias: www.oakridgedahlias.ca

Production Saint Anicet: www.productionstanicet.com/en

Stone Meadow Gardens: www.stonemeadowgardens.ca

Unicorn Blooms: www.unicornblooms.com

NEW ZEALAND

Bulbs Direct: www.bulbsdirect.co.nz

Garden Post: www.gardenpost.co.nz

NZ Bulbs: www.nzbulbs.co.nz

SOUTH AFRICA

Hadeco: www.hadeco.co.za

UK

Claus Dalby: www.clausdalby.dk

Dahlias in Bilkas Garden Centers: https://www.bilka.dk/search?q=claus+dalby&page=1

Dahlienversand: www.dahlienversand.de

FAM Flower Farm: https://www.famflowerfarm.com/ 

Franz Sturm, Zeeland Dahlias: www.zeelanddahlia.nl

Peter Nyssen: www.peternyssen.com

Rose Cottage Plants: www.rosecottageplants.co.uk

Sarah Raven: www.sarahraven.com

Tuinplaten: www.tuinplantenstekplek.nl

Verberghe Eurobulbs: https://order.eurobulb.nl  

CZECH REPUBLIC 

Loukykvět:  https://www.loukykvet.cz/obchod/hlizy-a-cibuloviny/jiriny

I know there is growing demand for dahlias tubers all over the world. If you have a recommended source that you love and trust, please share it in the comments below. Or, if you have a favorite variety that you think I should add to our collection, I’d love to hear about it!

10 Comments

  1. Ronda Anderson on

    I am totally surprised you missed listing Tall Grass Farm. I’ve never found better quality bulbs and mire helpful owners.

    Reply
  2. Carol on

    Hi,

    Can anyone identify the dahlias in the first and/or last picture? Thank you!

    Reply
  3. Julie Charles on

    Dahlia haven is one source you could add to your New Zealand list.
    Love your site and your enthusiasum for all things flowers.

    Reply
  4. Louise Brøchner on

    This is a great post! Thank you for taking the time to give all these great info´s and experiences to us, less experienced! I would like to recommend Geerlings Dahlias in The Netherlands (EU) As a Danish resident I can not buy tubers from you, but have really good results with the products from Geerlings https://www.geerlings-dahlia.nl/index.php?route=common/home

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  5. Amy T Mintner on

    If you don’t care about the color and just want to try them Outside Pride carries Pom Pom Dahlia seeds. They grow 36-48″tall. They grow readily and then you can pick your favorites at the end of the season to keep.

    Reply
  6. Ann Nguyen on

    I’d like to add Siskiyou Seeds to this great list! They just started offering organic dahlia tubers this year, over 20+ varieties.

    Reply
  7. Pat Reid on

    Another great source of dahlias on Vancouver Island is Warwick Dahlias. They are located in Black Creek just north of Courtenay.

    Reply

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