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teddahlia wrote:To pick for bouquets or just to look at on the plants? Colors you like and dislike? What size flowers do like, as most dahlias are 4 to 6 inches in diameter but there are larger and smaller ones? There are thousands of varieties being sold but at this late in the buying season, you may be restricted in your choices. Dahlias are by nature floriferous and heavy blooming, especially in that 4-6 inch range and a bit smaller.
Hi, I'll be planting about 10-15 plants, so I'd like enough for cutting for the house, but I'm not cutting for commercial purposes, only cutting for myself and my daughter, so not all the plants need to be cutting quality. The only color I dislike is red, and I love white flowers but hesitate because they attract bugs. I like the dinner plates, but they bloom so late and the Rhode Island growing season is short so I'll likely only have 2 or 3. I'm perfectly happy with the smaller ones, and prefer taller plants. Yes, unfortunately most of my favorites are sold out but I've been able to cobble together a list using multiple vendors. Last year was my first season growing them, and I ordered from resellers, not knowing they were Dutch clumps, and my plants were disappointing. Many with viruses, and many just didn't grow.
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