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Imageteddahlia
Feb 9, 2012 11:47 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
When I first started growing dahlias, I could not understand why anyone would want a white dahlia. Dahlias have such intense colors. Now I really appreciate them. If you sell cut flowers the number one white dahlia that you should grow is Bride to Be bred by Swan Island Dahlias. I was talking to them and they told me that they sell a ton of this flower for weddings. One customer ordered 300 flowers for their wedding(and they were able to fill the order!!!). Lots of blooms on this beauty.


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“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
Imageedewitt
Feb 9, 2012 12:13 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Boise, Idaho
I like white as well, I think my first white dahlia purchase was a dinnerplate named "Glacier" I bought on ebay. I produced some nice white 10" blooms with a yellowish tint near the middle of the blooms when in the direct sunlight. Wish I'd managed to keep some tubers from that one.

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I've purchased a few different white culitivars this year Mingus Ida, Ayers White Knight, Louie Meggos, Kenora Jubilee, and Kenora Clyde.
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Imageteddahlia
Feb 9, 2012 1:43 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
My overall favorite white dahlia is Ryecroft Jan M FD W. It grows in all weather conditions and produces lots of flowers for all purposes. For me it makes enough tubers but others complain a bit. I like the fact that it grows very vigorously and has lots of nice flowers. Very dependable. I once used about 30 flowers of it in a flower arrangement and cut the blossoms at about 2 inches and made a sheet "cake" design with it with it. The design was not that great as I am not much of a flower designer as my wife but the point is that Ryecroft Jan produced so many useable flowers.
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“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
Imagehonnat
Feb 9, 2012 1:45 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
It has been mentioned on here (and other boards) that it seems like white dahlias attract the bugs more than others. It is for that reason only that I am staying away from them. I'm growing about 45 varities next year and only one will be white - CG Finesse . Last year, I tried Louie Meggos with miserable results. That probably isn't an indictment on the variety; but more about what was going on in my yard. I restricted growth because I wanted to try and show it - so I only allowed 4-5 laterals. One bloomed and was a bug magnet; and the other blew over in a wind storm just before it opened up. I think the other laterals either broke off or froze before they bloomed. It was actually a great tuber producer for me. Edewitt, I probably could have spared you some tubers!
My mother loves white flowers; so I think i'm going to pass them along to her. She is out of the city; and doesn't even know what a japanese beetle looks like. So, it may do better there.
Imagehonnat
Feb 9, 2012 1:49 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
Wow, that Ryecroft Jan looks PERFECT. I tried Ryecroft Brenda T. It had green centers in our heat last year; but was a nice healthy plant.
Imagetgarland
Feb 9, 2012 2:40 PM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
I have had good luck with bride to be. Lots of consistant blooms. It always does good at shows for me too. I had a triple win its division.
Imageedewitt
Feb 9, 2012 2:57 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Boise, Idaho
Just judging from Ted's picture it almost has a waterlily form to it. It's quite nice.
Imagetodgor
Feb 9, 2012 4:21 PM CST
Name: Tod Gordon
West Caldwell, NJ
Hakuyoh (or its many other spellings) and Earl are favorites, and Ayers White Knight. Mingus Ida is a beautiful lacinated bloom, though mine died early on when I had it. I like any of the BAWs (Big A** Whites). Spike, Hy Mom, Lula Patti, Kea Magic, Louie Meggos, Kelvin White, Clearview Snowcap. Looking forward to Wyn's Ghostie, Lulu Island Art, and Snoho Storm this year.

http://dahliasuppliers.com/accent/images/LULU ISLAND ART.JPG
ImageMaryNZ
Feb 10, 2012 12:25 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

I have a new white open that is as healthy as a horse - 'White Purity'.
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My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
Imagehonnat
Feb 10, 2012 8:14 AM CST
St. Paul, MN
That's a beauty Mary. I like the green coming through in the centers - nice contrast.
ImageRedmondPhyllis
Feb 10, 2012 9:20 AM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
I like White Purity. Beautiful.
Imagetgarland
Feb 10, 2012 9:20 AM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
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Here is Carl Chilson. It is a consistant plant. Lots of blooms. Eric, yes bride to be is a water lily.
steves
Feb 10, 2012 5:56 PM CST
Name: steve stevanus
baltimore county maryland
I guess what I am looking for now is a big white cactus that will show well. Steve in Baltimore County.
Steve S.
ImageMaryNZ
Feb 11, 2012 3:29 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Semicactus ok, or definitely cactus?
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
steves
Feb 11, 2012 8:20 AM CST
Name: steve stevanus
baltimore county maryland
definitely cactus at this point.
Steve S.
Imagehonnat
Feb 11, 2012 10:49 AM CST
St. Paul, MN
I've never grown it; but Hy Debut seems like a solid big white cactus.
http://www.jsdahlias.com/i/hy_debut-2011-09-26.jpg
ImageRedmondPhyllis
Feb 11, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
That's a nice one!
steves
Feb 11, 2012 1:15 PM CST
Name: steve stevanus
baltimore county maryland
looks good Steve in Baltimore County
Steve S.
ImageMaryNZ
Feb 11, 2012 5:55 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

White or cream and raised in New Zealand:

Kea Magic, out of focus here, and yellower in all my photos than in real life. Listed as white.
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Alloway Cottage. Creamy. Listed as pale blends.
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Amorangi Pearl. Listed as cream.
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My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
Imageteddahlia
Feb 23, 2012 11:46 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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R. Kris A ID W
Another nice one in white. It is said to be related to Edna C. In my garden this one grows very vigorously.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown

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