Dahlia plant named ' hgd-92-8'

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A new and distinct cultivar of Dahlia plant named ‘HGD92-8’ characterized by its vigorous growth, flower shape, abundance of flowers, compact plants and fast response. The flowers have contrasting colors between ray and disc florets.

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I claim: 1 . A new and distinct cultivar of Dahlia plant named ‘HGD92-8’, as described and illustrated.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION [0001] The present invention relates to a new and distinct variety of Dahlia hybrida (DAHLIA variabilis ) known by the varietal denomination ‘HGD92-8’. The female parent of ‘HGD92-8’ is a selection from a proprietary breeding collection known as ‘DA-92’ and also the male parent is a selection from a proprietary breeding collection known as ‘DA-92’. [0002] The new cultivar ‘HGD92-8’ is a product of a planned breeding program and was originated by selection of a progeny plant from the stated cross made on September, 1998 by the Inventor at HEM GENETICS, Hemmerbuurt 98, 1607 LC Hem, the Netherlands. ‘HGD92-8’ was first asexually propagated on May, 1, 1999 by the Inventor at HEM GENETICS, Hemmerbuurt 98, 1607 LC Hem, the Netherlands. [0003] The new variety is a dahlia plant useful for growing outdoors and under glass which produces attractive contrasting red and pink/white flowers. Among the traits possessed by the new variety which in combination distinguish it from other varieties known to the inventor are its attractive flowers with contrasting flower colors, vigorous growth, compact plants and fast response/early flowering. [0004] Asexual reproduction by cuttings of the new variety in The Netherlands has demonstrated that the combination of characteristics as described herein for ‘HGD92-8’ are firmly fixed and are retained through successive generations of asexual reproduction. DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION [0005] ‘HGD92-8’ is particularly characterized by the following: [0006] 1. Compact growing plants; [0007] 2. Fast flower responses [0008] 3. Flower shape; [0009] 4. Vigorous growth; [0010] 5. Abundance of flowers; and [0011] 6. Contrasting red/white-pink flower color. [0012] Perhaps the closest comparison cultivar is ESTIVO. HGD92-8 is more compact and has a different flower color than ESTIVO. ‘HGD92-8’ has not been tested under all available environmental conditions and the phenotype may vary with variations in environmental conditions such as temperature, light intensity, day length and humidity, without a change in genotype of the plant. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [0013] The accompanying photographic illustrations show typical characteristics of ‘HGD92-8’. Sheet 1 is a side view of plant. Sheet 2 is a close up of a flower. DETAILED BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION [0014] The following observations, measurements and values describe plants grown under commercial conditions. All color references are measured against The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart. Colors are approximate as color depends on horticultural practices such as light level and treatment rate, among others, without however any variance in genotype. [0015] Parentage: [0016] [0016] Female parent.— DA-92, a selection from a proprietary breeding collection. [0017] [0017] Male parent.— DA-92, a selection from a proprietary breeding collection. [0018] Plant: [0019] [0019] Form.— globose. [0020] [0020] Height.— 25-30 cm. Depending on cultivation conditions. [0021] [0021] Branching characteristics.— better than normal. [0022] [0022] Natural flowering season.— early May until mid November in moderate sea climate conditions at the northern hemisphere. [0023] [0023] Hardiness.— good. [0024] [0024] Disease resistance.— no data available. [0025] [0025] Flower stem.— Length: 10 cm. depending on cultivation conditions Color: dark green RHS 144-A. [0026] [0026] Foliage.— Quantity: normal Leaf Arrangement: in pairs Shape of leaf: oval, medium serrated Internode: 40-50 mm. depending on cultivation conditions Leaf upper side: smooth Leaf underside: smooth with veins Leaf upper side: dark green RHS 137-C Leaf underside: dark green RHS 137-C Venation: irregular, staggering Petiole length: 70 mm. depending on cultivation conditions Stipules: none Stem color: dark green RHS 144-A [0027] [0027] Sepals (1).—Number: 6 to 8 Length: 15 mm. depending on cultivation conditions Width: 5 mm. depending on cultivation conditions Color: dark green RHS 146-A. [0028] [0028] Second sepals (2).—Shape: Oval Color: yellow-green RHS 151-A. [0029] Bud: [0030] [0030] Form.— rounded. [0031] [0031] Size.— 10 mm. depending on cultivation conditions. [0032] [0032] Color of ray florets.— yellow-green RHS 151-A. [0033] Flower: [0034] [0034] Inflorescence form.— half double. [0035] [0035] Bloom form.— rounded. [0036] [0036] Bloom diameter.— 6-7 cm. depending on cultivation conditions. [0037] [0037] Lasting quality.— not relevant. [0038] [0038] Ray florets.— Inner ray florets (3): Upper surface: oval; 35 mm; RHS 71-A Outer ray florets attachment (4): Upper surface: oval; 20 mm; RHS 155-A. [0039] [0039] Disc florets (5).—Length: 10 mm. depending on cultivation conditions Shape: rounded to elongated Color: Yellow-orange RHS 21-A Fragrance: none Reproductive organs: Anthers: 2×5 mm. yellow-orange RHS 17-B Pollen: yellow-orange RHS 21-A Pistils: yellow RHS 12-A Character of ovaries: single seed, inferior.

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