Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: Dahlia Color of the Week - "Red"- November 8th, 2012

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Imageedewitt
Nov 8, 2012 1:21 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Red is one of those standout colors for dahlia blooms atop a garden full of green foliage. This year I grew Aitara Rufus and was quite pleased with the nice contrast added to the front of my garden with the fire engine red blooms. Even with the sun beating down on the bloom all day it held it's red color for quite awhile before the color started to fade from the bloom. Share your favorite red cultivars here and tell us what you like about them.

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Imageedewitt
Nov 8, 2012 1:27 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
I think I'll be doing some different types of things for "dahlia of the week" now. One week it'll be a member suggestion of a certain cultivar, another week it may be a certain form or color. I'll see about setting up an area where you can submit a certain cultivar for your suggestion of dahlia of the week. Just to add some variety to what will most likely seem like a very long winter to me. Gotta get through it somehow!
Imageedewitt
Nov 8, 2012 1:32 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
One more of my favorite reds! Cherry Drop from Swan Island provide a very floriferous plant for me back in 2010. The dark stems with the bright green foliage topped off with the bright red miniature (almost waterlily) blooms were magnificent. I gotta grow this one again.

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ImageMaryNZ
Nov 8, 2012 8:55 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Currently, my favourite red would have to be Helga, because it's flowering.
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This is one I am trying for the first time this year, and it did not come from a show Dahlia supplier. These are its first two blooms, and are small, but we have had a cold spring and it is still in a pot.

In bright reds for exhibition, Taratahi Ruby impressed me the most last year.
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/
Imageedewitt
Nov 8, 2012 9:34 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
I'm really starting to take a shine to reds now, Wyn's Red Stiletto, Hart's Blood Red, and Kenora Wildfire are a few I'd like to grow next year.

EDITED TO ADD: Hollyhill Shogun and Skipley Bonanza to that short list. The reds look great next to white blooms.
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Imagehonnat
Nov 8, 2012 9:48 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
Red is definately my favorite dahlia color (with orange close behind) Here are three of my favorites from 2012

Born Rojo (ST-R)
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AC Rooster (ST-R)
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Hillcrest Jake (B-SC-R) a deeper red that doesn't fade
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ImageIslander
Nov 9, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I really liked Ali Oop from Swan Island. It came on later in the summer but they were so strong, the color always deep, non fading, and they work real well in Bouquet. I think its still trying to produce some flowers out in the garden! Thumb of 2012-11-10/Islander/884199 , Here it is in my garden
Thumb of 2012-11-10/Islander/2a019a and here is a display of them at ZSwan ISland's open house. ITs a formal dec about 4" across and maintains both color and shape very well. It also holds up well in bouquets as it has a lot of substance to it. The plants were vigorous and healthy.
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Imagehonnat
Nov 11, 2012 10:07 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
I don't usually grow singles; but this one might persuade me otherwise
http://lobaughsdahlias.com/catalog/

Click on Low-Red
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ImageMaryNZ
Nov 12, 2012 12:02 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Honnat, how about Scura? Similar with a dark centre: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mary_on_flickr/6951081909/in/se...

Ignore the pink one in the same photo.
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/
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Imageteddahlia
Nov 12, 2012 10:55 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Lo-Red from Lobaugh's Dahlias is the best new MS I have seen in years. It will easily compete for best MS in show and is the best red MS I have ever seen.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageMaryNZ
Nov 14, 2012 7:59 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

It looks scarily as though Babylon Bronze could be my next red to flower. Unless the outside of the bud and the first petal to open are fooling me, and the rest really is bronze... another NoID situation developing, rather prettily, out the back!
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/
ImageIslander
Nov 15, 2012 4:04 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Time for a change, Mary! Nature decided :-)
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ImageMaryNZ
Nov 15, 2012 11:37 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

:)
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/
ImageKimC
Apr 9, 2013 8:16 AM CST
Some of my favorite reds:

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Gerry Scott


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Barbarossa


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Sea Cascabel
ImageIslander
Apr 9, 2013 9:36 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I saw this red one on the dahlia tours during the Ntional Dahlia Show last year, and meant to get it but inadvertently left if off my Lobaugh's order. I still want it.Thumb of 2013-04-09/Islander/47528b
. It is Belred Sunset and its a nice little bb or min sized one. The color was really intensely red, not orange, not blue just RED. Very crisp shape.

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Imagehonnat
Apr 9, 2013 2:58 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
Now, you've done it. Smiling Just when I thought I was done ordering, you've inspired me to order Belred Sunset from Lobaugh to try it out on the farm. It looks really nice, and that's a very unique size/shape/color combo that I don't think is on too many dahlias. Kind of like a mini-Skipley Bonanza or something.
Also added Karras 150.
ImageIslander
Apr 9, 2013 4:51 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Ah shoot! Now I REALLY want it too! Not that I would have anywhere to put it, LOL. Next year.
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ImageMaryNZ
Apr 10, 2013 2:21 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Not even tempted... the approach of winter is very helpful in that way.
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/
ImageIslander
Oct 30, 2013 8:59 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I did buy it and grew it. It was nice but got such a late start and was planted too close to some trees. I'll keep it and try it again in a better spot. I think its worth keeping Smiling
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Imageteddahlia
Oct 30, 2013 10:17 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
My Belred Sunset turned out to be mislabeled and was a collarette that I did not dig.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.

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