Dahlias forum→Need help identifying

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NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Butterflies
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ScarletTricycle
May 20, 2020 6:33 PM CST
I figured with all the dahlia tubers you are planting you may know who I had last year. I will attach photos of what grew and what I had notes on. If you'd like to let me know what you think each is that would be great. I'll try my best to describe:

From my Walmart bag of 3 dinner plates all unmarked:

Yellow, plant height 3 1/2-4 ft, dinner plate first bloom was huge (we had deluges of rain late June and bloom was open mid July). If I recall it was about 8", subsequent blooms were 5-6". For anyone in the Pantone world: PMS 100

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Red, a tuber from my SIL. plant height 5-6 ft, stems tended to be a darker color, prolific bloomer, plant got rather wide as it grew. Bloom size approx 4". Toward the end of the bloom they did have yellow centers. PMS 200



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Deep red violet - said Walmart bag of dinnerplates. Plant height 4-4 1/2 ft, bloom size approx 4". PMS 249
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And for all of those who would like a laugh, but I'd like to know who these were as Breck couldn't tell me. These were to be their Emperor, as you can see they weren't dinnerplate, they weren't deep purple as their image shows. They did refund the money so I can't complain. The orange one did not survive winter storage.

Both: plant size 24". Bloom size on orange: 4-5" bloom size on purple 2 1/2". Both fairly prolific bloomers Orange PMS 7416 and purple PMS 252



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Please - enlighten me with whom I have. I'll be replanting again as all have good growth going on right now with the exception of the orange one (which in the end I really enjoyed its blooms!) which met a mushy demise. I'd like to be able to give these a name if I could.

Appreciate all your help!
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. — Henri Matisse
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
May 20, 2020 7:57 PM CST
So many dahlias share the same color, size and form that it's almost impossible to ID one from a photo. But I'd be willing to bet the yellow one is Kelvin Floodlight. It's a popular packaged variety that is sold by Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It's everywhere! and a favorite of mine due to it's big bright blooms and dependability. I usually grow 8-10 of them every year. And it's one of my first to bloom every year, not common for a larger type.

The orange one from Breck's could possibly be Firepot. The plant height and bloom size would match. Can't help with the others.

Buying packaged dahlias can be a crapshoot. Almost all come from Holland and quality control can be a problem. Every year I get a few mislabels. But last year was insane! At last count I ended up with 34 that were mislabeled and probably more that I gave to friends. They came from at least a half dozen different suppliers. Problem seemed to be nationwide. Several gave me credit for this year. But do I want to possibly go through this again? (No!) So I used the credit but gave 90% of the dahlia clumps away.
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Butterflies
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ScarletTricycle
May 25, 2020 4:53 AM CST
Sorry Dan I thought I replied back!

Thank you for your insight about these. That was what Brecks said is they had no idea too. It was worth asking as you all have seen so many dahlias that I had a slight chance with possible ideas. I enjoy them even without a name.

I'm going crazy here as I'm usually planted by now, but w kids home well before summer break and all the late cold and freeze - I'm so far behind. Today I hope to tackle a lot. Let's hope the raindrops stay away until I am done.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. — Henri Matisse
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Jun 10, 2020 8:21 PM CST
Late to the party...I agree with Dan (I'd be a fool not to!) with Kelvin Floodlight and Firepot. To try and identify the others, go to their site and compare what you have with what they offer. I name them things like "Breck 2019 Spiky Orange" so at least I have a clue as to what they'll look like.
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Butterflies
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ScarletTricycle
Jun 11, 2020 5:55 AM CST
Thanks Arlene! It was quite the surprise when she bloomed last year as she was to be purple. I think she was lovely in her own right. I kept calling her the orange emperor Green Grin!

I was reading on the Wisconsin Red and I wonder if this is her offspring I have. It came from that side of the state from a family friend, it's a heavy tuber maker, large and lovely. I'll have to ask if they know where it came from. I do know the butterflies and hummingbirds enjoyed her last year.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. — Henri Matisse
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Jun 11, 2020 8:46 AM CST
Breck's 2019:
Lady Darlene and Lady Liberty were true to the names.
No lavender at all. It was supposed to be Vassio Meggos.
No Tartan at all. Major disappointment. Ordered and planted a few from another source this year.
No Spartacus.

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