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Imageteddahlia
Jun 28, 2020 2:50 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Several years ago, Wayne Shantz made the comment that a majority of new introductions were not available after a couple of years and that after 10 years it was something over 90%. These may not be the exact numbers he stated but you get the idea. When you see something new that you want, it is risky to wait a year for the price to drop.

Example: We introduced Hollyhill Wicked Witch for 2020. It is an exotic dark variegated waterlily flower that is unlike any other. I checked my bag of tubers to plant and there was only one tuber .I had filled the orders but it is not a prolific tuber maker and some of them rot. Will we it sell next year? That is a big unknown although I did plant 5 or 6 plants from rooted cuttings. I will probably not sell it and as we get older, it becomes more and more likely that we may not sell some introductions after the first year. That story is repeated over an over for new varieties from other breeders.




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