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Rich BRich B Posts: 128


When is the best time to multiply my Dahlias by cuttings??

I think i have the method but not sure when to do for next year....



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522

    Start the tubers into growth in February, and take the first shoots off as cuttings.

  • Rich BRich B Posts: 128

    Cant i take cuttings from mature plants rather than the tubers???

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522

    No, shoots higher up are hollow and will not root.

    If you have a big cluster tuber, they sometimes split. Each lobe or potato shaped bit has to have a growing point still attached.

  • Rich BRich B Posts: 128

    Thats digging up and dividing.

    I want to take a cutting from my plant??

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,246

    As fidget says, you can take cuttings from the first shoots that emerge in Spring, but not from mature plants, as the stems become hollow.

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  • Rich BRich B Posts: 128

    ok, got it, thanks...

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522

    If you are leaving them in the soil over winter, you have to beat the slugs to the first shoots. To force them for cuttings, they need a bit of warmth, somewhere under glass, so you will need to dig them up anyway.

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