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SteveM
Jan 25, 2022 1:02 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
teddahlia wrote:Whether we like to admit it or not, dahlias are an "event" flower meaning they are excellent for one day and and less reliably so for a second day. I

The relatively short vase life of dahlias has been a blessing in disguise for local growers. Unlike roses, mums, etc., dahlias do not ship well so have to be grown locally. There are no longer many commercial growers here raising roses, mums or carnations. They are shipped from South America.

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ImageIslander
Jan 25, 2022 1:21 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Ah yes, Peachen N Cream is a lovely soft color when grown in full sun. During the extreme heat here last summer it lost the white tips but they did come back by the end of the season. It was disconcerting to find them solid peach and wonder if the white was gone forever! This was taken right after the heat wave.

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Imageteddahlia
Jan 25, 2022 1:22 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
In South America they grow flowers near the equator where one would expect really hot weather. However, the flowers are grown at altitude in the Andes. I used to follow the weather in Bogota but is exceedingly boring as far as temperature. Every day of the year they expect it to be 67F for the high and about 48F for the low. All time record high is 83. It must have been brutally hot that day. Here we are at 45 degrees latitude(halfway to the North Pole and halfway to the equator) and our all time record high is 117F. It's not fair.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
janell
Jan 25, 2022 8:50 PM CST
Name: Janell
Ohio
Ted, variety is the spice of life, right? I thought that I would love eternal summer, but life at the 40th parallel has perks too. Namely, apples and stone fruits. I see the growing demand for small blooms (they are adorable!), but I do like that the bigger ones fill buckets faster.

Steve, you are spot on. I am grateful for the fragile and fleeting beauty of these blooms. From what I have seen, few dahlias made it into rural Ohio florists’ hands, and they are greedy when they see them. Hurray!
Also, do you grow many of your blooms under shade cloth?

Noni, that solid peach PNC bloom is lovely.
SteveM
Jan 25, 2022 9:59 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
janell wrote:
Also, do you grow many of your blooms under shade cloth?

I cooked most of my tubers a few years ago when we had a rare, prolonged heat wave. I now raise 80% of my plants under 30%-40% shade cloth. Most varieties I grow do well under shade but overall production is lower than when grown in full sun (unless we get a heat wave). I grow all first year seedlings in full sun for evaluation.
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