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Can you take cuttings from mature Dahlia (with no new growth from tuber)?

I have a dahlia which a friend has admired and asked for a cutting. Since it looks nothing like the plant I ordered from Sarah Raven,  I can’t tell her what to buy. Last year I tried to take cuttings from new shoots off a dahlias main stem. With and without rooting powder, was careful not to try to plant hollow stems... Still, no joy. Is it even possible? TIA 😬

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,346
    Unless you have a new shoot at the bottom , joined to a bit of tuber, it is too late this year. When you dig it up after the frosts kill the tops off, you may find it will split easily into two or three.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 72
    Thanks Fidgetbones. Will give that a go :)
  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 2,477
    I would say you've got little to lose by trying. Remove a few small tips and pot them up, put them in a shady spot and keep moist. I did just that last year and it actually worked for me.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 Posts: 72
    edited 30 June
    Thanks WillDB. Nothing to lose.
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