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PlantFiles: Dahlia
Dahlia 'Goshen Calico'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Goshen Calico

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Flower Size:
Large - 8 to 10 inches (200 to 250 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:
Red, Dark Red

Do not disbud

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings

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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BDale60 On Aug 8, 2007, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

We found this to be a truly delightful Dahlia, one of the first we've ever grown, and had genuine "beginner's luck" with a couple of very healthy plants in our garden. "Goshen Calico" is classified as an Informal Decorative type, with red and yellow variegated color pattern. Most of our blooms have been in the "B" range (6-8 inches) but I note that it is classified as on the border of "B/A" which means some must get blooms in the 8-10 inch range. We did not prune away side stalks or blooms, preferring instead to have more (if slightly smaller) blooms and have been pleased with the relative abundance of production. (We've gotten multiple mature blooms from each plant, with many more buds on the way and it shows no signs of stopping). The bright variegated color pattern makes it a nice cut flower as it will blend with an array of reds, yellows, and oranges (among others) in a vase or arrangement.

Positive grannymarsh On Jul 27, 2006, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful, bright blooms.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gladwin, Michigan
Warren, Pennsylvania
Vancouver, Washington

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