I grew seed from just four dahlias this year and I have about 100 plants. I was going to give lots away but first I had to wait and see what the flowers looked like. In the end I planted all of them because they are all lovely. I had to dig up yet more lawn to accommodate them.
Here are the mother plants. The single ones were of course magnets for pollinators and produced the most seeds.
‘Honka Fragile’ gave its star shape to many of its children.
‘Honka Red’ gave its star shape and also its bright red colour to its children.
The velvety collarette Dahlia ‘Night Butterfly’ passed on its dark colour and white ruff.
And then ‘Waltzing Mathilda’ bequeathed her bronze leaves, lovely shape and coral colour to her children. And of course the bees had been busy so there were plenty of surprises.
Here are just a few of my beauties. You can see why I haven’t given any away. They are all different and all gorgeous. I shall try seeds from some different ones next year and then I really will have to give some away.
If you haven’t tried growing dahlias from seed, it’s worth a try. It’s very easy and they bloom in their first year. And each one will be unique.