Dahlias forum: Growers Survey - Dahlias as Cut Flowers

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Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Mar 7, 2015 7:20 AM CST
I have been working with a group of Dahlias enthusiasts, helping (very little help on my part I admit) to develop this survey. The ADS has endorsed the survey. Dahlias are ranked and rated for "showing" on a regular basis, however there are a lot of dahlias which make wonderful cut flowers that don't necessarily rank well for showing.

Please consider taking a few minutes to complete this survey and help develop a master list for the best dahlias as cut flowers.

"Help determine which ones are outstanding cut dahlia cultivars by taking part in our series of surveys, starting with the Battle of the Flames. Does it bloom early and often? Does it have long stems? Does it last in a vase? We'll tally up the strengths and weaknesses of multitudes of cultivars and deliver easy-to read results which will show which varieties made the top cut for the cut flower business as well as the casual hobbyist."

http://goo.gl/forms/vIBzS7Lzuf
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Mar 8, 2015 6:34 PM CST
I was going to participate but I got to the part about cut flower experience and mine is pretty small. I think they need people who know what they are doing and therefore their results can be duplicated by other experienced people. I just cut them and throw them in a vase. Hardly scientific.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Mar 8, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Ditto to what Mary said. I'm happy if the dahlias I cut for the house last for five days and don't keep any records of the strongest or weakest.

Maybe we can all try and keep better records this year, Geof.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Mar 9, 2015 7:37 AM CST
I know what you mean. I only cut for my own pleasure too. I do notice that some last longer than others on a regular basis, but I think I had only grown 3-4 on this particular survey list. Still…….I like the idea of developing a master list of the best dahlias for cut flowers, and I want to support the effort these folks are putting into this survey.

Even if you don't have much info to add to it - if you fill it out, then you will get to see the results.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Mar 9, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Just completed the survey. I've only grown five from the list and it's difficult to judge how long they last in a vase when I cut them in all stages. I did mention, in the comment section, that I'll be growing more from their list and hope to do better in 2015.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Mar 9, 2015 11:25 AM CST
Thanks for pitching in !
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Mar 9, 2015 2:25 PM CST
Bought two more packages today in the interest of research, of course.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Mar 9, 2015 5:16 PM CST
Ha - you don't realize you are talking to a university professor (me) we use the term research to justify lots of things.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Mar 9, 2015 5:43 PM CST
Justifying new dahlia purchases isn't required but it sounds better than plant lust after a long, snowy winter.

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