Dahlias forum: Good supplier for latest introductions?

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Dec 27, 2017 4:06 PM CST

Any recommendations?

I have noticed that some charge an arm & a leg for new intros.
Name: Melissa
Omaha, NE (Zone 5b)
Dahlias Cat Lover Region: Nebraska Annuals
Dec 27, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Hi Frank,
I am new to this forum, but have been growing dahlias for 3-4 years. I think most all of the new releases are pricey the first year (tubers aren't circulated, yet), and some are STILL pricey for a few years after due to that particular variety not reliably making tubers (KA's Cloud is one that comes to mind).

I've been a little out of control with my dahlia purchasing (almost like I've forgotten the plethora I'm overwintering in my basement, sheesh), so my hope is that the new ones I'm acquiring will make tubers that store well, so I can spread the wealth the following (2019) season. The only brand new one I've purchase thus far is "Bloomquist Mike". I have never seen "Jowey Frambo" or "Vrouwe Jacoba" offered in the US, so I scooped those up as well. Nellie & Winnie, Steve O, Jowey Winnie, Verrone's Donna Marie, and Hapet Austria Lace also seemed "new" to me so into the cart they fell.

Cowlitz has some new intros and seems to be a little fairer priced, but not by too much.

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Dec 28, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Yes, I agree on Cowlitz. I am planning on submitting an order...

also https://www.lobaughsdahlias.co...

a breeder that seems quite active currently, 4 intros in 2017
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Dec 28, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Frank - remember that it is only the first year or two that breeders can actually make money for all of their hard work of breeding. After that everyone who has purchased a tuber can be selling them. So, while they may seem a bit steep (and its rare that I put out that kind of money), I dont grudge them wanting to make some money.

Cowlitz and Lobaughs are both good, them and Hollyhill are my first go to dealers.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Dec 28, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Yeah. Not like peonies which while you can grow them and split them are not as prolific and quick to reproduce as dahlias. Don't some breeders try to patent (is that the right term) their plants. Guess it doesn't do much good as the slightest different in shade or shape nullifies the patent. I know that some roses and other perennials are done that way.

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