Any advise on splitting these 2 clumps up.
I want as many growable tubers to store and replant but these are just to tangled to get apart....They have been out 1 week
Instead of splitting them, why not store for winter and in early spring repot and take cuttings. The new cuttings will form new tubers as they grow. I find splitting the tubers a bit fraught. You can cut the crown through with a sharp knife, but I'd suggest cuttings are the better way to go.
If you split a tuber each part needs a growing point to grow next year. As you can't see these at this time it's best to wait until buds break in spring. Otherwise go down the cuttings route, again next spring. Concentrate on effective storage for now. Winter losses are your main threat.
Wrong time of year. Store 'till spring and then start for shooting or split up as you want.
Verde, I bought a bag of 5 Bishop of Llandaff and only one or two actually grew. I discovered then that the tuber needs and "eye" or growing bud, which at this time of year will be dormant and probably invisible.I had several which looked like healthy tubers but never got started.
I agree if you have a stem a bud is likely to be lurking in there somewhere...
It couldn't be any clearer....
There is a Dahlia nursery next to me. All the stored tubers are just sitting on the ground under the benches of a frost free greenhouse. Nothing will be done to them until next spring when they are boxed up and cuttings taken for the next years plants. Why increase the space you need to store them and risk cut and damaged surfaces at this time of year? Don't see the point.
Well i attempted the 'just pull them apart' method from very large clumps.
With a clump with around 50 tuber i ended up with around 10. the rest were damaged either crushed or ripped from the stem in the 'just pull them apart' method'!
This method did however work a lot better on small very dry clumps.
I gave up trying to spot any eyes and basically just cut them with a chunk of main root/stem attached. There will hopefully be an eye in there somewhere.
As an aside I had several clumps with crown gail that I just binned but hope to replant in the same bed next year (which is now clear). Any tips with treating this bed or shall i just go for it?
Well i have no clumps at all now just tubers!