Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: Comments on Mango Madness (poor tuber maker?)

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May 29, 2015 7:14 AM CST
Name: Lin
Europe-Switzerland, z 7b
Hi there,
as a substitut for a bad tuber the grower offered me Mango Madness as the original cultivar was sold out.

After I agreed (the name made me smile somehow) he mentioned when handing it over that it makes very small tubers, duh.

Is this the reason why a 2009-introduction is sold for 10bucks something?

Is it any good for bouquets? At the Swan Islands website it is rated as "good garden plant" (which means short stems?)

and I read in the second go, with raised eyebrows that is has 11" flowers, so almost dinnerplate size?

Well, so now I look forward to those amazing orange flowers which could be interesting with my Firepot, new in my collection.

Thanks for any comments, bye, Lin
May 29, 2015 8:33 AM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Mango Madness is a giant dahlia and probably not all that good for a bouquet. It is not a tall grower for a giant dahlia. The color is a muted orange. Size of tubers does not mean much. The reason it sells for a high price is that it is a giant dahlia and they tend to sell for more money at Swan Island. Supply and demand. There are more people who grow giant dahlias and the tubers sell out.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
May 29, 2015 10:49 AM CST
Name: Lin
Europe-Switzerland, z 7b
Thanks a lot Ted,
interesting that giant Dahlias seem to sell better.

So that sounds like a Great Dane with Dachshound legs. :-)

My boys will like it I think, the younger likes orange a lot.

And big flowers always make a nice display just placed in a waterbowel.
So now it has only to start growing properly,

have a nice weekend, bye, Lin

ps: I managed to place a late order for Monet Gory with a grower in Germany, so I could collect seeds this season hopefully
May 29, 2015 12:35 PM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
You will like the color of Monet Glory and it is easy to grow. Ken Stock should be proud of his origination. And the last I heard, he had not grown it in several years. His health is marginal now. If you have never visited his web site, it is very interesting: http://www.kesdahlias.co.uk/
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
May 29, 2015 8:53 PM CST
Name: CC
Update this week on Ken from UK forum...

"Went to Bournemouth and met the great Ken Stock himself. The nicest man. Took him some plants for his breeding. Spent a lovely couple of hours chatting dahlias etc.....

I cannot believe he grew the number he did in the size of plot he has. Sadly he is wheel chair bound pretty much but still does the seedlings and crosses and his daughters plant out for him etc....

his seedlings are 6 inches apart. "
May 31, 2015 2:17 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I grew mango madness a few years ago.. It came on so late I think I only got about 1 flower at the end of the season.i thought about trying it again this year bud did not.i remember liking the mango color.
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