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"Everything you need to know about dahlias"

Need information about dahlias? You can receive it at the annual Holland Dahlia Event. But what if you couldn’t attend this event? Here is a list of information about this popular flower.

Dahlia breeders are wasting no time in developing new varieties in a wide range of shapes, colours, heights and sizes. At this time, there are around a thousand commercially available cultivars every year. Of the new varieties developed each year, only a few dozen will actually be introduced. These are then cultivated in huge numbers to be traded commercially. When breeding these new cultivars, a high priority is set on extending their vase life. This characteristic is particularly typical of the pompon dahlias. New dahlia cultivars intended for cut flower production with a long vase life are also becoming available in the small-flowered decorative, cactus and semi-cactus groups. A good example is Dahlia 'Eternal Snow' that has a vase life of 10 to 14 days.

Import countries
Export companies sell around 45 million dahlias a year. The leading import countries for dahlias are the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.

Cultivars and colours
The dahlia cultivars in greatest demand are:

  • Dahlia 'Café au Lait'. This cultivar is primarily used as a cut flower in bridal bouquets. 'Café au Lait' is also a series with another two cultivars: 'Café au Lait Royal' and 'Café au Lait Rosé' The large pompon types are becoming more popular as cut flowers
  • Did you know that decorative dahlias are very unique? Their flowers can reach 20-25 cm across!
  • The demand for dahlias displaying irregular flower shapes is on the rise.
  • 'Peaches and Cream', 'Crème de Cognac' and 'Crème de Cassis' are cultivars characterised by their unusual colour combinations.
  • Low-growing dahlia varieties such as the ones in the Topmix series in seven contrasting colours and the Gallery dahlias are in demand for planting in gardens and pots.
  • The dark-leaved dahlia varieties are especially popular for gardens.
  • Pink, salmon and light orange dahlias are most in demand. Pastel colours are selling particularly well.

This year’s Holland Dahlia Event once again attracted thousands of visitors. If you were unable to attend this year, you’ll have another opportunity next year. This will be on 26, 27 and 28 August 2020.

For more information:
Holland Dahlia Event 

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