santoury@aol.com santoury@aol.com
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:02:50 PST
 They certainly are not "cheap" here, but love them. If anybody knows of "cheap" ones - let me know! 
Are you talking about cuttings from the stem ? Because when you say "cuttings from the previous year's tubers" that confuses me, since you say the plant doesn't "need to form a new tuber system" ? 




-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Whyer <brian.whyer@btinternet.com>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 1:57 pm
Subject: Re: [pbs] Dahlias

Dahlia nurseries will grow named forms year after year taking cuttings from 

their previous years tubers, with the same quality each year. If you are 

planting or splitting tubers and restrict the shoots to just 2 or 3 then they 

should be little different from the previous year. If you grow from tubers they 

will flower slightly earlier than from rooted cuttings, presumably because the 

plant does not have to form a new tuber system first. Usefull for the large 

flowered monsters which tend to flower late. Disbudding side shoots will give 

you larger flowers.

I think named form Dahlias are only cheap in countries where they don't have to 

be lifted and stored each year, or if you grow seed strains.


Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8


There are no hardy ones that I am aware of. I can winter them over, keep dry in 

paper bags, but the second year's display is never the same as the first, from 

freshly bought tubers. For me, anyway. 


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