Discovering Dahlias

 

 

Happy Days Dahlia Series

Athena Brazil

Happy Days Dahlia Series

Happy Days dahlias’ signature large, single blooms with dark centers flower just above the purple-bronze foliage. Four new colors provide long-lasting and vibrant flowers that do not flush. With a large basal branching habit, growers can expect a height of 12 to 16 inches and a width of 12 to 14 inches. Rooting takes three to four weeks, while finishing occurs in eight to 10 weeks.

 

Gallery Dahlia Series

Athena Brazil

Gallery Dahlia Series

Five recommended varieties — Bellini, Cezanne, Matisse, Pablo and Rivera — are well-branched with uniform habit and flowering. The large, striking, fully double flowers are free-flowering and do not flush. The finishing dimensions are 14 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 14 inches wide. Like the Happy Days series, rooting takes three to four weeks, and finishing occurs in eight to 10 weeks.

Dahlia ‘Mystic Fantasy Hawaiian Dreams’

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Dahlia ‘Mystic Fantasy Hawaiian Dreams’

This Dahlia pinnata (syn. O. variabilis) boasts unique sun kissed flamingo-pink blooms with a soft yellow halo, raspberry eye and dark disc from early summer to fall, and its foliage is a glossy mahogany-black. At 31 inches by 24 inches, the dahlia’s compact habit makes it ideal for containers, borders and mass landscape plantings. This half-hardy cultivar thrives in USDA Zones 9 to 11 with full sun in rich, well-drained soil.

 

Dahlia ‘Mystic Memories Antique’

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Dahlia ‘Mystic Memories Antique’

Another Dahlia pinnata, this cultivar has the same dark, glossy foliage but with soft peach toned blooms with brushed red highlights and dark central discs. An option for containers, borders and mass landscape plantings, this dahlia attracts bees and butterflies and flourishes in Zones 9 to 11. For best results, ensure full sun and maintain well-drained medium.

 

Dahlia ‘Dreamy Fantasy’

Cultivaris And Dümmen

Dahlia Dreamy Series

Dreamy is a unique mid-sized dahlia series with dark burgundy foliage and medium-sized, semi-double flowers in a range of two-tone colors with a dark eye. The series includes Dahlia ‘Dreamy Eyes,’ Dahlia ‘Dreamy Fantasy,’ Dahlia ‘Dreamy Fusion,’ Dahlia ‘Dreamy Inspire,’ Dahlia ‘Dreamy Moonlight’ and Dahlia ‘Dreamy Passion.’ Each dahlia in the series is great for sale in quarts or gallons, with excellent presentation and retail appeal. They also work well in mixed containers or bedding for the consumer and flower non-stop from April until frost.

Unrooted cuttings of Dreamy are available from mother plants grown at Dümmen’s Las Mercedes/El Salvador facility. This high-quality, reliable supply of vegetative URCs is available to growers for sticking this spring. The varieties are also available from the Cultivaris Root and Sell Network and HMA from the Floraplant Mexico facility.

Dahlia XXL Series

Dümmen

Dahlia XXL Series

Dahlia XXL varieties are just as their name suggests — large-flowered dahlias, with blooms reaching almost half a foot in diameter. What’s different, though, is that these flowers grow on a medium-sized vigorous plant (good for gallon production), which is controllable, and maintains a suitable size for the garden through the summer. Dahlia XXL has been a strong performer in trials in Texan and Georgian heat, Colorado’s high altitude and Ontario’s northern light. Dahlia ‘XXL Taxco’ was named “Best of Show” in Colorado State University’s summer trials.

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