Return to the Cutting Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Karma Dahlias

Posted by goodscents z5 MI (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 1, 05 at 14:14

I'm gropwing 4 Karma dahlias this year - Corona, Naomi, Lagoon and Serena - but I am getting quite different results. Corona and Naomi are prolific with long stems - wonderful! Serena is really prolific but the stems are kind of short. Lagoon so far has produced few flowers and those have been on short stems.

They are all growing side by side so I didn't think it was cultural, but I have one Serena growing in a different spot and it seems to have longer stems.

Is anyone out there (like maybe Flowerfarmer?) growing these and have any recommendations or comments?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Karma Dahlias

Serena grows to only 28" high. I didn't notice that we had much trouble with this one in the hoophouse. I'm guessing that it was around 36" for us in there. This was a really, really nice white dahlia. Lagoon is the one we also had problems with. All the other varieties produced well for us, and Lagoon was about 18" tall and blooming. This wasn't working. They were an ugly stunted plant that I just wanted to yank out of the ground. So, we talked to the grower/propagator. First of all, he says these are short plants. We did not know this because they are grown for the cutflower industry. So, we assumed they would be tall. His theory was that with the heat it was causing Lagoon and Serena to bloom on short stems -- and early because these are late blooming dahlias. Probably what you are experiencing, Kirk. The odd thing was we weren't having trouble with Serena. We both scratched our heads. His suggestion was to cut Lagoon back a little, fertilize well, and see what happens. We did just that. And, they have been producing flowers for about the last three weeks. Beautiful flowers. Most of the other dahlias in the hoophouse pretty much tired out after pumping out flowers since the first of June.

I haven't grown Corona; but, that one does get 36" high. And, Naomi gets 36-40" high. Naomi is really nice.

We loved the Karma dahlias with their long stems. They are the perfect dahlia. I have others in the field though that I am madly in love with at the moment though.

Flowerfarmer -- who is supposed to be in the field. We've been picking madly since 7 am. These are our big markets this weekend.

RE: Karma Dahlias

I grow Karma Sangria. I ordered 4 from Van Borgondien and got several cuttings from the new shoots. They are growing very big. One has the main stem about 1 1/2" thick. They are between 5 and 5 1/2' tall. The stems are very long. I like them in arrangements.

Would you please post pics of your other Karma? I wonder if they are prettier than those in catalogs.
Image hosted by

Image hosted by

RE: Karma Dahlias

Wow. Nice pics, great dahlia, and beautiful arrangement. Nice work. I am ordering Karmas next year. Did you grow these in a greenhouse? I'm hoping I can get results like that in the field.

RE: Karma Dahlias

Thanks. All my plants are in the garden.

RE: Karma Dahlias

  • Posted by Laisan z8 Western WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 25, 05 at 22:56

I posted in the dahlia forum, but would like to know where I can order Karma dahlias online?


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Cutting Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here