Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: The Mini of the Miniatures

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Aug 11, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Name: CC
Poms are tiny balls, and Mignon Singles have a single row of petals around the open center, both up to 2 inches in diameter. What about other mini dahlias of other forms? Well, they're grouped into the 'Miniature' size classification, which is home to any form other then Poms and Mignon Singles that are classified as being 'up to 4 inches in diameter.'

This thread is dedicated to the dahlia growers obsessed with finding 2-3 inch varieties that excel in flower arranging: The Mini of the Miniatures.

Aug 11, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Name: CC
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Josudi Telstar

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Ryecroft Pixie
Both of these miniature flowers are smaller than what I expected and are about 3 inches in diameter.

They are very small for floral work and have skinny but stiff stems.

Aug 12, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
I love these little dahlias which have no name. They are about 2" and have such a lovely raspberry-red-wine color to them. They look pretty paired with white or red dahlias. They have nice sturdy, longish stems and I think they would be great in arrangements. They were purchased from a big box store (see label photo below). We were lucky to get three tubers of this one color instead of the 3 colors on the label.

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Aug 12, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I bet the little bicolor has a wiry stem and sometimes extra leaves on it. There is a genetic trait for this and it is getting rarer. It also causes the flowers to have fewer rows of florets and puts it into the waterlily category. One example of it is Aaron's Wicked Waterlily, one of the tallest dahlias of all. I talked to Aaron who is the son of Teresa Bergman and he still grows it.
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Aug 13, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
Thank you for the interesting information!
“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith

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