Meet a dahlia that will always hold a special place in my heart. While we've always called her Coseytown First Bloom, you can also call this one ‘The OC’ (original Coseytown). The dahlia experience that caught me hook, line, and sinker. Coseytown First Bloom is my first dahlia that ever bloomed from seed.
While First Bloom has been kept in the field for sentimental reasons for many years with no plans for propagation, over the seasons more than a few visitors have commented on this specific dahlia’s appeal and encouraged its release.
Coseytown First Bloom produces mostly top-facing blooms and looks amazing wrapped in a bunch. She grabbed attention when displayed at the 2022 National Dahlia Show's Cut Flower Display, being commented on, and fancied, by many.
LeeAnn's Hybridizer Notes
While First Bloom starts out the season as a shorter and airier plant, pinching the first terminal bud in the spring will encourage the plant to grow an abundance of dark stems. This plant is reliably blooming by the 3rd to 4th week of July, having been planted out as tubers in mid-May here in south central PA. By mid-August, First Bloom is really hitting its stride and pushing out long, strong stems with full blooms. 18-to-20-inch stems are common.