Cut Flower Ratings
People ask me all the time whether a variety will make a good cut flower. I have added a
column in the price list for a number of 1 to 10 with my rating of a variety as a cut flower. I
have my own personal beliefs about the factors that make a dahlia good cut flower. Here is
a list of those factors.
Color
20
The most important factor as color is
why we have cut flowers.
Stems
15
Without good stems, you cannot have
a good cut flower
Floriferousness
15
There must be enough flowers to make
it worthwhile to grow. And there must
be good flower production the entire
season not just one flush of flowers
Plant vigor and bloom date
15
Healthy, easy to grow plants are must
as cut flowers growers do not have
time to give them extra care. And they
must bloom early enough to be
profitable.
size of flower
15
Nearly all cut flowers range in size from
2.5 inches to 6.5 inches. Larger and
smaller flowers can be used but are
specialty flowers.
Tuber production
15
A cut flower grower must have enough
tubers to keep growing the flower in
commercial numbers.
Personal preference
5
As they say: " Beauty is in the eye of
the beholder."