Dahlias forum→Mystery Dahlia Variety- please help!

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Name: Mary
Pittsburgh Area (Zone 6a)
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petespetals
Jul 28, 2020 7:01 AM CST
I bought a mixed pack in 2019 from Holland Bulb Farm... Never again. Nothing that grew was what it was supposed to be! I don't remember what this was labeled as, but nothing from my order resembles it at all! Closest I can find online is Manhattan Island, but I am not sure. Thoughts?
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It seems to be a favorite for the beetles this year. Last year I had some blooms that were a little Pinker and the plant grew to be taller than me (5'6") the body of the foliage is quite bushy.

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Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
Jul 28, 2020 8:05 AM CST
Welcome to the dahlia forum! I was prepared to say that your bloom might be Firepot until I saw the height you mentioned. Firepot is usually only 2' tall. I do agree that it looks like Manhattan Island. McAllister's Pride is another very good possibility.

Holland Bulb Farm has become a hot mess over the last few years. I constantly received mislabeled dahlias. The only attraction is the low cost. I ordered a couple varieties this spring only because I had a credit from last year's mislabels. Still waiting to see what blooms this time. I also received by mistake an order of $114 worth of dahlia clumps that were supposed to go to Kansas. I contacted HBF 3 times to return them. They finally told me to keep the order. Knowing my history with them, I gave all but 2 or 3 away. I echo your thoughts about "never again" and wish you the best!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 28, 2020 8:13 AM CST
Welcome to NGA.

Here's the packaging for Manhattan Island. I remember it as being nice.
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Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
Jul 28, 2020 8:24 AM CST
McAllister's Pride from years ago.



Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises Dahlias Zinnias
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ShawnSteve
Jul 28, 2020 9:41 AM CST
Join the the crowd, with another HBF Dahlia tuber ,"Magical Mystery Tour," club ! No idea what they sent to me are, either.
Name: Mary
Pittsburgh Area (Zone 6a)
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petespetals
Jul 28, 2020 10:19 AM CST
Aww thanks guys. You're the best! Yeah I learned my lesson 🤣 seriously nothing from them that grew was what it was supposed to be. I now have a ton of what I have settled on are Arabian Not that were supposed to be Labyrinth. My Foxy Lady from there didn't get to bloom last year, or it did and it was something else. Either way I have about 5-6 of them this year and I'm already expecting another mystery. My first one has a nice big bud so should be soon that I find out what it looks like.
Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises Dahlias Zinnias
Orchids Region: United States of America Peonies
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ShawnSteve
Jul 28, 2020 12:45 PM CST
I assume it may be partly due to the very high numbers, & volume of people that mail ordered for gardening this spring, during "shut down", to have something else to do. Besides cleaning house, due to Covid.
I noticed that even seed racks had been nearly depleted. So they may have simply used whatever tubers were available to fill the demand. It may have easily more than exceeded the actual supply.
It can depend upon the vendor. I've found some used to be quite reliable, based out of, or grown in Holland/Netherlands. Though not as much so, this year in particular.
Now I've noticed, some of what is typically available (sourced from there,) may not even be available this fall, (perennials) & will not be shipped until next year.
I hope they can manage to keep better track of what they are growing now, so it won't be as bad as what will be shipped to the U.S. next spring.
Perhaps it would be best, to select from U.S. based growers, or vendors next spring, that offer what you want, grown in the States. Maybe it's dahliaaddict.com (?) To use to find named tubers here, & order from.

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