Celebrating Dahlias!: "Dinner Plate" dahlias

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Celebrating Dahlias!

By dave
September 26, 2015

We open the Dahlias Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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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
Sep 26, 2015 10:17 AM CST
It is interesting that the more popular dahlias here at ATP are mostly the smaller ones. While out in the rest of the world its the "dinner plate" dahlias that grab the attention. I seem most attracted to the medium sized blooms 4-6", but have a few of the big ones in my dahlia patch.

These are all 8" - 10" blooms

Harvest Moonlight
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Imelda Ransel


Inland Dynasty
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Kelvin Floodlight
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Kenora Wildfire


Maisey Mooney


Maniac
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Spartacus
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Wyn's Cinnabar
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Vassio Meggos


Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Sep 26, 2015 11:49 AM CST
I love the large dahlias but do not like staking them, I think that may be one of the reasons that the smaller varieties are more popular. They also take up a lot of space in the garden.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Sep 26, 2015 1:27 PM CST
But such a welcome in late summer / early fall. Love them (as do my slugs).

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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Sep 26, 2015 1:37 PM CST
Sorry. This posted twice, so I removed one post.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina Daylilies Roses
Clematis Butterflies Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Seed Starter
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Hemophobic
Sep 26, 2015 1:38 PM CST
I posted this photo of `Crazy Love' earlier in the summer, but it's blooming like crazy and looks
amazing! I'm not sure it qualifies as a dinner plate dahlia, but it has a large bloom.



I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Sep 26, 2015 3:19 PM CST
The term Dinner Plate - is used indiscriminately as a marketing tool. I have seen 4" dahlias marketed as dinner plate dahlias which is ridiculous unless you are on a really strict diet!

I just used the term because people are familiar with it.

And yes..........you do have to stake them, but I stake pretty much all of my dahlias no matter the size.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Sep 27, 2015 4:27 PM CST
I don't like to stake anything. By pure chance I found that sweet annie is a good companion to dahlias.
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