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An Easy Way to Get More Dahlias

Use this grower’s trick to propagate several plants from a single tuber

Fine Gardening - Issue 162

There are two ways to grow hybrid dahlias (Dahlia cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 9–11): by planting tubers or by growing plants from cuttings. Both methods will produce healthy plants and vibrant, late-summer blooms. So why should you grow from cuttings?

This technique is a great way to increase your stock of favorite varieties and get a head start on the growing season. Plants grown from cuttings will often bloom weeks ahead of those grown from tubers.

Taking cuttings is also a good way to guarantee that you have viable plants, especially when spring growing conditions are less than ideal. Even healthy tubers can rot if they are planted in cold, wet soil. To avoid this problem, dahlia growers in the United Kingdom grow almost exclusively from cuttings.

Although this method is used mainly by professional growers, a beginner need not feel intimidated. With some basic supplies and a small investment of…

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