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Feb 22, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Name: Ted
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Chilsons Pride probably holds the record as the most popular dahlia in history at least in the USA.* But as they say: "the bloom is off the rose" meaning that it is no longer as popular. It is still very nice if you get good stock and even poor stock does pretty well. It's faults as a cut flower are few but as a show flower the "in between" form and especially the notched florets are major faults. Everybody should grow Chilsons Pride at least once.

*In the world the most popular variety of dahlia is probably Kelvin Floodlight, the giant yellow flower sold in truckloads(make that giant ship loads) by the Dutch growers. It is a rather poor tuber maker and that is good for the Dutch as they get repeat sales. Remember they sell small clumps not tubers and dahlias that make big tubers make big clumps that are too heavy.

I will let the cut flower people who have grown these flowers comment on the rest of them.
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