2020 Seedlings

Shown below are dahlias that I grew from seed during 2020 and have kept to grow a second year.  As 2020 was my first year growing dahlias from seed I was extremely generous in deciding what to grow another year.  The main rationale for this was to better understand how they may change from year to year.  This will help me make better decisions which to keep in future years, when I am forced due to garden space and time limitations, to be more selective.  I expect to keep at most 10 of these seedlings to grow on for a third year in 2022.  Click on the photos for a description of each seedling.

Seedling 2020-03
Seedling 2020-03

I did not get a photo of this bloom without heavy earwig damage. I do not know the seed parent but enjoyed the red front on the floret and pink on the reverse. Excited to see how it does with more space and less earwigs.

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Seedling 2020-04
Seedling 2020-04

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, had 5-6" blooms but I suspect with room and plant maintenance blooms will be larger. I love the picotee edges and the way the florest recurve back toward the stem.

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Seedling 2020-06
Seedling 2020-06

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has 5" blooms. This bloom is quite similar to Chilson's Pride but without the split tips (this photo shows earwig damage at the tips).

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Seedling 2020-10
Seedling 2020-10

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 3" in diameter. Plenty of positive traits with this seedling but some little yellow streaks on some florets and a tendency for some ray florets to fall out at the back of the bloom before it is fully open.

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Seedling 2020 6-3
Seedling 2020 6-3

This seedling, which is from an unknown seed parent, was about 5" in diameter. Last fall when I made the decision which seedlings to keep, I must have had an affinity for reds. But I don't see much hope that this earns a spot in the 2022 garden.

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Seedling 2020 3-1
Seedling 2020 3-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 5" in diameter. If memory serves me correctly, I saved this for its dark red which did not fade. Not a tremendously exciting bloom though.

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Seedling 2020 9-2
Seedling 2020 9-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 3" in diameter. Looking back at the photo I am surprised I kept this but my notes said to grow 1 plant in 2021....so I did.

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Seedling 2020 12-3
Seedling 2020 12-3

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, had blooms up to 8" in diameter. I am interested to see how this performs in 2021. In 2020 it was a bit of a gangly weak plant. but maybe will be better when given more space and sunlight.

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Seedling 2020 14-1
Seedling 2020 14-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, had blooms with a 7" diameter. 90% of blooms were variegated but one did come out fully red. Very interested to see how this one does in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 15-2
Seedling 2020 15-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 4" in diameter. A nice orange and some blooms showed better potential than others.

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Seedling 2020 17-2
Seedling 2020 17-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 3" in diameter. I really had high hopes for this purplish bloom but they all had weird centers. This photo was the best of them.

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Seedling 2020 20-3
Seedling 2020 20-3

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 3" in diameter. As my primary goal is dahlias with show potential, this one did not fit the fill due it's split tips. But I decided to keep it and grow one plant in 2021 as many people strongly suggested I give it a chance.

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Seedling 2020 23-2
Seedling 2020 23-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 6" in diameter. I only kept this bloom as it was as close as my seedlings came to a true purple.

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Seedling 2020 25-3
Seedling 2020 25-3

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms about 5" in diameter. Pleasant lavender blush on the tips of this blooms florets.

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Seedling 2020 26-5
Seedling 2020 26-5

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 5" in diameter. I loved the colour and variegation on this bloom.

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Seedling 2020 29-1
Seedling 2020 29-1

This seedling, which is from an unknown seed parent, is about 7" in diameter. The stems on it were a little weaker than I would like.

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Seedling 2020 29-2
Seedling 2020 29-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, had blooms about 5" in diameter. This bloom seemed to improve through out its first year and I decided to keep it at the very end of the season. I like the colour and we will see if it continues to get better in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 30-1
Seedling 2020 30-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 6" in diameter. I kept this bloom knowing that it consistently blew its center. Other's much wiser said to me that the center rarely improves. This is one that I am testing that theory.

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Seedling 2020 30-2
Seedling 2020 30-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 4" in diameter. The soft yellow with darker blush gave this bloom a little interest. Will have to be more interesting to have a spot in the 2022 garden.

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Seedling 2020 32-1
Seedling 2020 32-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is a wonderful peachy pink colour. It grew to about 5 feet tall during it's first year.

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Seedling 2020 33-3
Seedling 2020 33-3

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 4" in diameter. When this bloom has it's pink blush it has some appeal. Later in the year when it was more white it became less interesting.

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Seedling 2020 37-4
Seedling 2020 37-4

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, was my favourite of 2020. With reasonable stellar form, a peachy blush and great deep centers, it has some potential. A little concerned that it grew to nearly 8 feet tall and was the tallest in the seedling garden. Hopefully with more space it will be a more reasonable height.

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Seedling 2020 39-3 29June2021_edited
Seedling 2020 39-3 29June2021_edited

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is around 5" in diameter. I really liked the pictured first bloom but was concerned about the green center. No other blooms really stood out but the plant ended up getting a bit shaded by taller growers. Hopefully with space and sunlight this one might do well in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 39-4
Seedling 2020 39-4

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, was kept because I love the deep red on the reverse and lighter pinky/yellows on the front. Blooms later in the season had very low petal count and thus showed their centers. If that does not improve, this one is sadly not going to enjoy a long stay in my garden.

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Seedling 2020 41-1
Seedling 2020 41-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 4" in diameter. Early in the season it had the dark blush visible in the above photo. Later in the year it was pure yellow. I am excited to see what it looks like in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 41-3
Seedling 2020 41-3

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, jumped out at me for its striking orange with florets that had a sparkly shimmer. Blooms are about 3" in diameter. My biggest concern with this seedling is that it has stems that are on the dainty side. It was rare for it's blooms to survive a rain storm.

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Seedling 2020 41-6
Seedling 2020 41-6

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is around 3" in diameter. This is a bloom that, although it has little show potential, I always enjoyed checking in on it in the garden. Therefore I gave it one more chance.

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Seedling 2020 42-1
Seedling 2020 42-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 6" in diameter. Not a lot of potential in this bloom but I made room for one tuber to be planted.

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Seedling 2020 42-5
Seedling 2020 42-5

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, is about 6" in diameter. It did not have a great spot in the garden and therefore did not have an opportunity to perform it's best. And I like the soft colours enough to see how it does in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 42-6
Seedling 2020 42-6

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms around 6" in diameter. I can't decide if this semi-cactus is a nice creamy butter yellow or blah-blah who cares yellow. Maybe 2021 will help answer that question.

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Seedling 2020 43-4
Seedling 2020 43-4

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms that are 5" in diameter. I kept this bloom purely for it's golden colour. There is something funny going on with the center that I hope will improve in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 46-1
Seedling 2020 46-1

Although I can't say with certainty, I strongly suspect that this was a seedling on Skipley Spot. All seedlings from this seed pod were red/white bi-color. This bloom did not have a great spot in the garden and I am excited to see what it does with a little more space and sunlight.

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Seedling 2020 46-3
Seedling 2020 46-3

Although not certain, I believe this seedling likely had Skipley Spot as it's seed parent. This bloom has many desirable qualities but I am concerned about its perpetual green center. If that doesn't resolve itself during 2021, I won't be able to justify keeping this one.

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Seedling 2020 47-1
Seedling 2020 47-1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, had blooms about 3" in diameter. I enjoyed this seedling in 2020 and it may be a useful cut flower in the garden.

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Seedling 2020 47-5
Seedling 2020 47-5

This seedling, from an unkown seed parent, had blooms that were 4" in diameter. I enjoyed the vibrant colours and am interested to see what it looks like in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 47-6
Seedling 2020 47-6

This seedling from an unknown seed parent, has blooms that are around 7" in diameter. If all blooms were like this photo, I would like this seedling more. But many blooms have significantly more orange with very little consistency.

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Seedling 2020 48-2
Seedling 2020 48-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms about 4" in diameter. A nice little white bloom with a pink blush. Center looks oval in this photo which would be a significant negative.

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Seedling 2020 48-4
Seedling 2020 48-4

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms of 3" diameter. Although the split tips prevent it from being a good show dahlia, I think many people may enjoy it as a garden dahlia or cut flower.

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Seedling 2020 FD 48-5
Seedling 2020 FD 48-5

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, grew in one of the shadiest areas of my garden. I am hoping that with a bit more sun it might show me something more. I do like the colour though.

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Seedling 2020 FD SM1-2
Seedling 2020 FD SM1-2

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms that are about 4" in diameter. It is a very basic yellow dahlia but was very floriferous with nice strong stems. May be useful as a cut flower.

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Seedling 2020 FD SM1
Seedling 2020 FD SM1

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, has blooms that are about 4" in diameter. I kept it as the colour pattern was sometimes interesting and it was very floriferous with strong stems. Maybe a good cut flower if anyone found the colours desirable.

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Seedling 2020 4-1
Seedling 2020 4-1

Grown from a Pompon seed parent (unknown but suspect Glenplace) this bloom is a miniature ball. Grew about 3 feet tall and it's stems may not be long enough to be a great cut flower.

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Seedling 2020 TD 2-1
Seedling 2020 TD 2-1

This seedling has Trooper Dan as it's seed parent. It was my only seedling from Trooper Dan that was not full yellow. I honestly don't really know why I kept it and this bug eaten photo does not help. But we will see what it does in 2021.

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Seedling 2020 TD 2-2
Seedling 2020 TD 2-2

This seedling was from a Trooper Dan seed parent. Although the colour matches it's parent, the form is much more formal decorative. Blooms are 6-7" in diameter.

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Seedling 2020 TD 2-4
Seedling 2020 TD 2-4

This seedling's seed parent was Trooper Dan. Blooms are about 7" on a strong and robust plant. My main concern with this bloom is the center. There is almost to much center and the florets at the back start to turn brown before the bloom is fully open.

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Seedling OC 2020 4-3
Seedling OC 2020 4-3

Although this seedling is a single, it is from an unknown orchette or collarette seed parent, and is about 3" in diameter. Earlier season blooms had less yellow. Grows relatively short around 24 inches high.

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Seedling OC 2020-01
Seedling OC 2020-01

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, likely has a short life in my garden. I plan to grow no open centered dahlias in 2022. The colour is not very pure and a few florets have weird rolling. But will be interesting to see how it does in 2021.

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Seedling OC 2020-02
Seedling OC 2020-02

This seedling, from an unknown seed parent, likely has a short life in my garden. I plan to grow no open centered dahlias in 2022. Streaky colour and not a tight enough curl will keep this dahlia from being a strong performer.

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Seedling OC 2020 Ette4-1
Seedling OC 2020 Ette4-1

This seedling, which is from an unknown orchette or collarette seed parent, is about 3" in diameter. This is a decent little bloom but I wish there was more contrast between the ray florets and the petalloids.

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Seedling OC 2020 3-2
Seedling OC 2020 3-2

This seedling, from an unknown collarette or orchette seed parent, is about 3-4" in diameter. I really wanted this to have better form but I don't think it is going to happen. I think many people would enjoy this in their garden though.

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