I grew some of a new series of dark foliage dahlias this year and I am quite pleased with them. They are low growing about 12-14" (no staking required) and bloomed all season in my borders. I also grew some in a container with other plant material. Picture is of Dracula, they are all named for movies and I have no idea why. Notice the almost black foliage
These will be available in the US. Please check the web site of the Colorado DS and check their big list. It should be updated by the end of the week. These were from cutting plugs and I am now digging them --they gave lots of nice tubers. This series was originated by Aad Verwer and his brother Kees.
Well the BIG LIST Has been updated. Go to www.dahlias.net click on varieties and you will find a list of over 2700 dahlia varieties and where you can get them. This site is managed by the Colorado Dahlia Society at N/C and as a service to the dahlia loving public. Take a look also great cultural info all this at N/C
New to minature dahlias. Brief search indicates they are generally one foot to two feet tall and will produce one to four tubers in containers. All tuber listings I saw were classed small. No one defines "small" or suggested pot size and number of tubers in the pot size suggested.
I would like to see someone's experience words something like this:
(size plant) two to four small finger size new tubers, one plant in 12" pot. Good supplier to the Northeast is __________. The listings I saw were mostly West Coast growers.
docgipe border/patio/bedding dahlias range from 6 to 22 inches tall. Most of the shorter ones (under 10 inches) are mignons. Their tubers are the same size as tubers that make standard height dahlias ie all sizes. I do cheat on the spacing a bit but they still need at least 1 feet spacing between tubers to really thrive and some need at least 1 1/2 depending on the variety I find. One plant per 16 pot would be the smallest I would go if I wasn't familar with the variety. SteveD will know good NE suppliers I'm sure ^_^ Hope this helps.
Thank you very much. I will indeed be changing my grow using your advise. I think my largest tuber might have been thumb size with three trying to grow tubers in a twelve inch pot. That is what the local green houses have seriously deadheaded to force branching. As you might surmise the three root balls had a bunch of stunted tubers all balled up trying to make tubers. The three plants never exceeded a foot and a half if that. They bloomed profusely for about a month and a half. I was not even sure that they were dahlias until I depotted the tangled up mess. I am attempting to save tubbers in vented baggies with shreaded paper and Pro Mix at about 45 -50 degrees and dark.
I shall indeed go with one tuber in a sixteen or eighteen inch pot pinching to force branching. I see the growers that I have found to this date being North Western suppliers selling at $4.00 - $6.00 for a single named tuber plus shipping. Have not seen a Northeastern grower yet. I will stay away from the greenhouse three in one pot in the future.
Sadly as you say docgipe often border dahlias are only available at bulk suppliers and often a tangle. I divide them and pot them up and give some to Grow_Jo. I grow mine in beds but she does containers so we get a good idea about whether they are keepers or not. Your storage method sounds great. Dark and 45-50F is perfect. You might want to check them for moisture. We are very dry here and sometimes they start to shrivel. If so mist them. I'm sure SteveD will chime in. If not I will Dmail you about some buds from the NE forum who are growing dahlias who may be able to recommend suppliers.
You have been super with good response I understand. There is only one open misunderstanding at this end of the conversation. You reported that all tubers are the same size. That leads me to another testy little question. Are my thumb size tubers of adequate size in your opinion to throw out new plants that will do well next spring? That assumes I hold them over winter in good condition.
I would rather by new stock if there is question concerning relative size of my savers. My health issues do not leave me with time to do excessive baby sitting or to raise up half decent plants.
Thanks again...Hope you all had a good Turkey Day. This is what I walked my fifteen year old grandson geek through today...from the camera to the computer files. Presenting his first as a little present for your help.
$5.75 for a rooted cutting. Buy more - save more.
They specialize in container grown dahlias and the company is based in NY. Never dealt/heard from them before so hoping it will be a pleasant experience.