White dahlias may not be the most exciting but they are much-needed for weddings and funerals. I try to pick out different shape, sizes and styles of the hardest workers or the most interesting whites.
This is a Pom, white to blush. She is so cute, about 1 inch. She is great for boutonnières, corsages and varying sizes in bouquets. With her button style I am glad to have her in my collection since 2017. She is a great tuber creator and was on my online store last year.
Here is another dahlia that’s been with me since the beginning. I got her from my friend and dahlia mentor John LaSalle. She is a heavy producer of 2-3” ball pure white blooms. I use her in wedding bouquets and centerpieces but can be used in any arrangement. Her stems are ok but become thinner as the fall progresses so it’s nice to have another white back up for late fall. She’s a good tuber producer with packed rounded tubers creating clumps that can be hard to divide. I have not trialed that many white balls, so you may want to do some of your own trails. I have heard boom boom white is a great cut.
Dinnerplate dahlia.. Big white creamy drama. Often bigger than your head. Carolyn Snell told me to get this girl in 2013 and I am glad I did. I sell hundreds of these to floral designers for weddings. I have used hundreds in my own wedding designs. This flower knocks it out of the park with people saying “Is that real ….it’s huge!”. She is an ok tuber producer. The plant gets top-heavy because the blooms are so heavy so I recommend support.
Decorative, pure white with 5 – 6 inch blooms that have the longest dahlia stems I have ever seen. I grew her in my high tunnel last year and she was a tree. I had to use saw horses to support her. I think she’s better as a field grown dahlia. But great when you or designers request tall stems. Not incredibly productive. I think she is good tuber producer, not enormously productive. It’s her night that makes her stand out. Started growing in 2018
Informal decorative white dahlia with creamy center and laciniated petals giving her a fuzzy look. This makes her a more interesting white. It’s good to have many plants, as she’s an ok producer of 4-6” blooms. I received one in a mix, back in 2013, from a small scale dahlia farm. I have since created hundreds of tubers from. She is unusual and fun to work with in wedding work. Nice strong stems. Good tuber producer.
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I saved my new favorite for last. The fuzzy fluffy unusual dinnerplate creamy dahlia. She is so much fun and am excited to put her in my wedding work this year to make me stand out as a unique designer. She has long tall stems that tend to flop over so support is helpful for her. She’s a great tuber producer and great bloomer. She was added to my collection 2018. She reminds me of Fraggles. If you don’t know what that is, look it up, they are a very entertaining creature.
A white I don’t recommend for cut flower production is Lady Liberty she wasn’t prolific nor did she hold up in a vase very long. Which was a disappointment as I liked her under curving petals. She was tilled in after one season.
I would love to hear what your favorite white dahlias are ? Please share and ask questions in the comments below.