Dahlia 'Rip City' in the Dahlias Database

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Data specific to Dahlias (Edit)
Size: Small (BB): over 4 to 6 inches in diameter.
Form: Informal Decorative (ID)
Color: Dark Red (DR)
Year Introduced: 1992
Country of Origin: United States
Hybridizer or Originator: Gitts, N
ADS Classification Code: 3107

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 4 feet
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: more of a red-black
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 7-21
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Division
Other: Propagate by taking cuttings of newly emerged shoots
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Fascinating bloom to stare into, dark as wine.

Photo gallery:
Location: The garden at SanabriaDate: August/SeptemberFascinating bloom to stare into, dark as wine.
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2009-08-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-08-05
By jmorth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-09-03
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Photo Courtesy of Longfield Gardens. Used with Permission
By Joy
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Comments:
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 28, 2015 11:03 PM

Rip City is an Informal Decorative Dahlia, size classified in the 4 to 6 inch range (BB). The color presentation can be deceptive, sometimes it appeared near-black, other times a reddish-black. Plant grew to about four and a half or five feet tall. My plant wasn't overzealous in bloom production. Overwinter storage required digging the tuber up, drying it out up side down, and then putting it into a neutral medium in the basement till the following spring.

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