Dahlias are gaining momentum in the outdoor plant segment as a versatile product. The species benefits from the wide color spectrum, from pure white to almost black. All colors are possible up to tow-colored types. Furthermore, the various growth groups allow for a wide range of possible uses, from small table plants for the terrace to impressive flowering tubs.
Brandkamp's Dalitza series of dahlias is therefore divided into two groups, one that grows more vigorously and one that grows compactly, depending on the need for use.
Dalitza Midi types form the group of medium-sized dahlias for cultivation in 12cm pots and for use on beds, in planters, and in window boxes. The varieties grow homogeneously and without any problems and can be cultivated pinched or unpinched depending on the desired use. The color spectrum from white to dark red is complete. Dalitza Pink Eye, with its two-tone effect, has proven to be a top seller. Customers like to want something special.
Dalitza Big types are significantly faster growing and have larger flowers. They are, therefore, very well suited for container culture from 17cm pot size and larger. They are not just a plant for B&B culture but are increasingly in demand as blooming summer containers from June to August. Their use as eye-catchers on terraces, seating areas, and in front of the front door is constantly increasing.
There is also a wide range of colors in the Dalitza Big segment; new for 2023 are Dalitza Big Berry in raspberry pink and Dalitza Big Purple with a strong, intense color. With Dalitza Big Candy, a bi-colored specialty, is also in great demand, especially among younger buyers.
Brandkamp attaches great importance to selecting during the breeding process for types that are cold-tolerant and, at the same time, as resistant to mildew as possible. After extensive testing, also on their outdoor performance, they are then included in the range.
"In breeding, it is becoming increasingly important to make a contribution to saving energy by paying attention to the possibility of keeping the culture as cool as possible," breeder Josef Tetiedt is convinced.