Dahlias forum→Multiple shoots on a tuber started early in house

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NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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ScarletTricycle
May 18, 2020 10:30 AM CST
This may be a lame question, but do you let the multiple shoots continue growing on a single tuber or do you remove them for one sturdy stem? I ask because I have 3 tubers that have sent up 3-4 shoots and I don't recall that happening last year with the ones I started early indoors. They don't appear to have disease or any issues, just 3-4 good looking stems with leaves.

Appreciate the help!
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Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
May 18, 2020 11:55 AM CST
I wait until they're in the ground and growing. When they're 12-15" or so tall, I cut out all but two of the healthiest/best looking stalks and might eventually eliminate one of those. Multiple stalks are usually weak stalks.
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Butterflies
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ScarletTricycle
May 18, 2020 2:31 PM CST
Thank you Dan! I appreciate that information and will proceed once the ground warms enough for their new home.
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Hiyamakki
May 19, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Can you break them up and grow them as separate plants?
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Butterflies
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ScarletTricycle
May 20, 2020 6:37 PM CST
Would that work with a taller growth? Do you trim down and propagate the cutting in water or with rooting hormone in promix? Enlighten me if you would.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. — Henri Matisse
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
May 20, 2020 8:21 PM CST
By breaking them up, do you mean dividing the clump? You can if you're careful and make sure each sprout/division has it's own tuber for a food source. I recently bought a package of 2 clumps with multiple short sprouts. Just for fun I wanted to see how many divisions I could get and ended up with 10, though a few were very small. I divide my clumps when I dig them in the fall. Since they are individual tubers. I seldom end up with multiple sprouts.

I've never done cuttings so I can't offer any help with that. There are lots of YouTube videos about taking cuttings.
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Butterflies
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ScarletTricycle
May 21, 2020 5:02 AM CST
I may try to just see what happens with a cutting, otherwise it just goes in the heap as I trim them back when I plant them up. I did divide my clumps last fall as best I could. I guess I did ok with that as the ones I potted up have sprouted and the ones I've given away had growth going on.

I'll keep you posted what I do and how it goes. Again thank you for help with this. I'm so glad to have a spot to learn from.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jun 24, 2020 8:47 AM CST
I usually let the sprouts grow, fool that I am and greedy for blooms. Keeping them tied up is the only problem I face with not removing sprouts.
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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ScarletTricycle
Jun 24, 2020 10:18 AM CST
I'm taking that advice! Big Grin I'll be tying up the extra ones here in a bit. Thank you for the advice on looking for extra blooms.
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