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GLADIATOR - Item #015

Gladiator - Item #015 Sold Out

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Sold Out for Spring 2020

Product Description

GLADIATOR (AAID) Introduced in 2004.This is one of the larger bloomers in our dinnerplate types, producing 12" flowers, and if disbudded can reach 14 across! Heavy bloomer for a dinnerplate variety, this orange flower shows yellow deep in the petals toward the center of the blooms and has real show potential. A very tall 5' plant, will need staking as most dinnerplate varieties do. Late bloomer. Should do well in exhibition.
**This product ships in the Spring.

Product Reviews

(7 Ratings, 4 Reviews) Average Rating:
High yield
Leeloo (Saratoga, NY) 11/4/2018 4:44 AM
This variety is one of the best in my garden this year. It's a heavy bloomer and is not very late: I had flowers in early August in my upstate NY garden. It's also suitable as a cut flower
My Favorite
judy shepler (Boise, ID) 8/15/2016 4:23 PM
My Favorite for Color and Size. Not a large Qty of flowers, but ridiculously gorgeous. (Must Love Orange)!!!! Did well when I lived in North Carolina, not great in Idaho.
Wilfried Burghardt (Macomb, MI) 11/29/2015 8:34 AM
First bloom mid July. Never reached expected size.Will try different location this year. Low producer.
Massive ball of fire
Ann McQuade (Bellingham, WA) 9/7/2014 1:26 AM
Our most successful dahlia this year. We displayed the cut blooms all around the house and they were a striking conversation piece. Our blooms averaged 10" across, with a striking orange fiery glow. Absolutely stunning!