>Does anybody know if there has been done some selection or breeding to produce >a day-length-neutral, i.e. earlier flowering plant of the same stature? > Uli et al, There has been some breeding here in Australia I have been told between the taller imperialis and the "normal" dahlias. These have resulted in at least soem hybrids that are ranging between the 2 and 3 metre mark with single or full double flowers in a range of colours. I am going to try to track some of these down to try and beg for some cuttings <grin>. In particular I know of a full double ball-type apricot hybrid that grows to around the 2.5m mark.... I WANT!! So the hybrids can obviously be made at least. Cheers. Paul Tyerman Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!