Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: Coral?

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Imagehonnat
May 16, 2014 10:33 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
I had a customer request dahlia tubers that are "coral" in color. I had some cut flower requests for that shade as well last year. It's not an ADS class. I could really find much in my collection that would lean in that direction. She decided on a couple orange ones (CJ, Garfield) that probably could pass as coral in certain weather conditions. She also got C Sitka, Robin Hood, V.Sandra J and Ferncliff Copper. I don't think any of those are truly "coral"; but those were as close as she could come up with.

Any varieties come to mind when it comes to "coral?"

Imageedewitt
May 17, 2014 11:10 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Hillcrest Kismet.

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Imagehonnat
May 17, 2014 11:56 AM CST
St. Paul, MN
oooh so true. I only managed to get one tuber from mine last year and I wasn't willing to part with it.
Imageteddahlia
May 17, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Hollyhill Flamingo is the flamingo pink color that many people would call coral. Remember there is not real good definition of color names except for the main colors of white, yellow,red, pink, lavender orange and purple and some say bronze. So when you say peach, apricot, mauve, coral, cream, or any of a thousand names for colors, it is difficult to agree on what color goes with that name.
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ImageIslander
May 17, 2014 6:21 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Also, amount of sunshine and variations in temperature tend to change these colors. I think of "Coral" as an orangy pink or pinkish orange that is a bit muted. I am trying a Swan Island one named "Coral Gypsy" this year. THey also list Tempest as a coral.
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ImageDarcyD
May 17, 2014 6:43 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
I've been finding that some of the varieties with "coral" in their name are listed as "salmon" in color. I love the coral...errr....salmon ones.
anniecan
May 17, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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My Tempest was never really coral, though it comes closest in morning sun rather than late afternoon sun. Good news! I just found a tiny sprout on my Tempest tuber. It's about time! It was a popular one for me.
ImageFLflowerboy
May 17, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
HH Electra is on the coral side for me...also maybe Hotshot.
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portia
Jul 28, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
Anyone else have good coral reco's? Ideally pinky coral? With an informal shape?
steve22802
Jul 28, 2014 11:02 AM CST
Name: Steve Gerber
Harrisonburg, Virginia z6b
I too would like to find some good coral/salmon dahias to add to my collection. I have had cut flower requests for this range of tones and I haven't found real winners yet. I tried Touche and it seemed to be about exactly what people wanted in color but it almost always had open centers for me even in cool weather. Babylon Bronze is a nice color but I was told by a customer that it was too big to use in their wedding arrangements. Fire Magic is more toward the pink side of coral. One wedding customer with a coral theme came and looked at my dahlias and decided she liked Pam Howden, Rawhide and Maarn. I find that once people see the dahlias in person they are more willing to be a little more open minded about color than when their just comparing a color swatch to a picture.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 28, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
What is a reco?
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
portia
Jul 28, 2014 6:57 PM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
Sorry, recommendation!
ImageIslander
Jul 28, 2014 8:10 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I was just out looking. Its darned hot out there for this maritime person, but I did come up with a small collection. I agree that Hillcrest Kismet comes the closest to Coral and I have lost some of the names of others, but I had a nice array from soft peach through brighter coral. My Painted Desert (A bonus) has been open centered but it it is solidly in that color range, Camano Cloud is on the soft side, A melony coral is Mango Madness from Swan Island or Ferncliff (got it as a bonus from FC), Alpen Marjory a small (Formal Dec I think ) from Tall Grass (Only source I could find for it), There may be others in my garden later but these are the ones I saw this evening. I'll keep my eye out,I am excited to have my first Islander blooming today! Yeayyy. My other happy surprise is my first Robann's Creamsicle; one that my customers love. I do too. I'll try to get out before it gets hot tomorrow and take some pics.
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ImageFLflowerboy
Jul 29, 2014 3:55 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Ferncliff Tropics is a bright coral for me and a super vigorous grower.
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ImageIslander
Jul 29, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
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Here is Hillcrest Kismet.

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ImageIslander
Jul 29, 2014 4:06 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
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Here is my Hillcrest Kismet.
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ImageDarcyD
Jul 29, 2014 5:09 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Kismet makes me swoon!
portia
Jul 29, 2014 8:17 PM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
Kismet is on my list for next year!
I'll check out the other varieties named, thanks!

Anyone have Penhill Watermelon? Seems corally in pics but not sure on the form, pics seem all different.
ImageIslander
Jul 29, 2014 10:53 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Kismet is definitely swoonable. I have been swooning over it for years, and missing the swooning when it is absent. I bought mine from Ferncliff this year because I heard they had good stock of it and I am quite pleased with the results. I just wish I had turned it into half a dozen! I beg and beseech it that it make copious tubers!
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ImageDarcyD
Jul 30, 2014 5:46 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
On my list for next year, too.

I have Penhill Watermelon. It hasn't bloomed yet though. Matter of fact it is in my struggling to grow front garden and is still tiny. When I get blooms I'll let you know.

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