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ImageCosey
Aug 2, 2020 5:33 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
Steve, makes complete sense. I have 7 plants and it looks like multiple plants are blooming with the same color. Either I really screwed up or ? Ha!
Imageteddahlia
Aug 2, 2020 6:28 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
The easiest sports to keep are the ones that happen to the tubers you plant. Some tubers may be the sport and others may be normal. HH Six in One was a red dahlia and some of the tubers sported to variegated the second year. There were two "strains" for many years. and almost no one like the original red one.

Many times just one branch of a plant sports and usually the sport does not go into the tubers. In that case, as Steve said, you need to root some cuttings of the sported portion of the plant. Easier said than done.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageCosey
Aug 2, 2020 9:04 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
teddahlia wrote:The easiest sports to keep are the ones that happen to the tubers you plant. Some tubers may be the sport and others may be normal. HH Six in One was a red dahlia and some of the tubers sported to variegated the second year. There were two "strains" for many years. and almost no one like the original red one.

Many times just one branch of a plant sports and usually the sport does not go into the tubers. In that case, as Steve said, you need to root some cuttings of the sported portion of the plant. Easier said than done.


Well, maybe I lucked out and it went the easy way for me.

I also have a solid Snoho Les blooming for me. I love this monster plant and it's marble blooms. Hate dividing the crazy clump, but I'll take a solid bloom too.

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Imageteddahlia
Aug 2, 2020 9:16 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Variegated flowers are variegated because of the jumping genes identified by Barbara McClintock who got a Nobel prize for her work on Transposons(one of the bigger words for jumping genes). The ADS recognized that variegated flowers go solid very often and then revert back to variegated. The transposons had jumped too far but returned to their normal place quite often. Therefore , they have a rule that solid sports of variegated flowers have to be grown as solid flowers for three full years before being eligible for seedling competitions. Most commercial old timers just throw away the solid stock as people only would buy the variegated ones anyway. .
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageCosey
Aug 3, 2020 7:45 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
I remembering studying transposons in college when working with animal genetics. First considered "trash DNA" now they are studying how these bits of DNA glue themselves seamlessly into another sequence. Lots to discover with gene sequencing and curing genetic diseases.
Imageteddahlia
Aug 3, 2020 9:49 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
As dahlia breeders we are looking from the "outside in" to breed dahlias and the biochemical scientists are quite satisfied with looking at pieces of DNA., sort of an :inside out" approach. Ultimately, all of it is defined by the DNA but we get to putz along and do conventional plant breeding. Having said that, would you like to have blue pigment gene to incorporate in to your seedlings?
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Aug 3, 2020 11:43 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
No, I would not like to introduce abnormal color to my dahlias. I think they are already little miracles and I don't try to tell them what to be. I just set up the possibilities. If I want to design my flowers to a certain color I think it would take the fun right out of it. We already have lovely blue flowers we can mix with our dahlias....they don't have to BE the blue in a bouquet.
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ImageIslander
Aug 3, 2020 1:29 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Oh oh! Found a blooper by last years assistant...So far, all but one of my Salish Sunsplinters plants has produced a beautiful HH Dragonfire! SO glad I have at least one Sunsplinters and hope there are more of them, but also really pleased to have multiple plants of HH Dragonfire! I think that makes 5 plants of it. Wow, are they ever pretty!Thumb of 2020-08-03/Islander/6b8f81
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ImageCosey
Aug 4, 2020 6:42 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
Since many of you aren't on Instagram, here is a picture of a second year seedling. The seed was sold and grown by another but the grower shared tubers back with me. I'm so happy to see it in person this year. The parentage is unknown since her seeds were mixed.


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Imageteddahlia
Aug 4, 2020 9:15 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Nice color and it has a tight center
Too many flowers, not enough time!
Imageteddahlia
Aug 4, 2020 9:45 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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Picture of a seedling. Cropped off the bottom of the flower as it is faded there. Since I have confessed to doing it, here is what the original looked like.
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We may mark it to keep; I will ask Margaret.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Aug 4, 2020 10:35 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
That looks like Santa in Covid 19 season...going a bit shaggy and in need of a trim while waiting for the barbershop to open Rolling on the floor laughing Maybe I could take a photo of my husband's head and edit it into a good haircut?
Salish Dahlias
ImageCosey
Aug 5, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
It looks like it has a trendy fringe skirt. Lol.
ImageCosey
Aug 9, 2020 6:41 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania

My first Sellwood Glory bloom. I love the history of this dahlia.

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Imageteddahlia
Aug 9, 2020 9:51 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Sellwood Glory was a color sport of a 1936 dahlia called Ballego's Glory(Orange and yellow) and the sport happened in about 1950 in the garden of a Portland Dahlia Society member who lived in Sellwood, a small town gobbled up by the expansion of Portland. Our club had a challenge trophy for years for the best one in the show(ended before I joined the club).

When we were first growing seedlings, we gave a short tour to some garden visitors to have them pick out their favorite varieties. . Several people picked out Sellwood Glory as their favorite. It is a poor tuber maker-keeper although in an odd year, you might get a bunch of nice tubers. The next year you will probably lose all your stock. Old House Gardens sold it for years, but their stock of it was actually grown by Swan Island Dahlias under a private contract. The plants were located in a non public area. The Holland sellers used to sell it and it had a mis-spelled name on the package and I remember Glory was spelled Glorie or some such thing.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
Imageblown_dry
Aug 10, 2020 1:15 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I would guess less than half my plants have bloomed yet. But here is some Summer Rain. Vista Minnie and N-Force are blooming, but my phone turns them into magenta blobs.

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Here's a dramatic re-enactment of my photo of N-Force which I like and will grow again.

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Imageteddahlia
Aug 10, 2020 1:47 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
A variegated with picotee edges.? What will they come up with next?
Too many flowers, not enough time!
Imageblown_dry
Aug 10, 2020 2:04 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
My image does make it look variegated, but I don't believe that it is. The reality is rather like Sellwood Glory in that the color changes are not smooth like you can see the 'pixels'.
Imageblown_dry
Aug 21, 2020 10:38 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Bubbling Over
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French Can Can
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Fairway Spur - Been wanting to grow this one for years. It's lovely!
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Imageblown_dry
Aug 21, 2020 11:08 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Maniac - I love it in person. I did my best, but somehow in the image it looks like a laboratory experiment that went wrong and *then* exploded.
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