Seedlings are dahlias grown from seed that will produce a new unique dahlia. In order to keep reproducing that same dahlia grown from seed we dig up the tubers from the plant in the fall, then divide and store them, and then plant those tubers the following spring. Tubers are clones of the parent plant whereas seeds will produce a brand new dahlia.
Usually it takes at least 3 years to grow enough stock and evaluate the plant in order to then introduce the tubers to the market. We will be introducing our first two River Merle Farm cultivars in 2023, RM Watermelon and RM Baby Girl, and every year moving forward we will be adding more RM varieties as we are prioritizing the introduction of new healthy dahlias to the backyard gardener.
We harvest seed two different ways 1) through open pollination which we thank our helpful bees for doing all the hard work and 2) from hand pollination where we control the environment and intentionally try to breed certain traits. Below are some photos of the seedlings that we have grown. Many of these will be available as tubers for purchase in the future.