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May 18, 2020 10:30 AM CST
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Butterflies Dahlias Winter Sowing Region: Wisconsin
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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May 18, 2020 11:55 AM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Composter Dahlias Region: Ohio Region: Ukraine Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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.
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May 18, 2020 2:31 PM CST
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Butterflies Dahlias Winter Sowing Region: Wisconsin
Thank you Dan! I appreciate that information and will proceed once the ground warms enough for their new home.
🌺🌻🌺🌻 So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. β€” Jorge Luis Borges
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May 19, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Can you break them up and grow them as separate plants?
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May 20, 2020 6:37 PM CST
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Butterflies Dahlias Winter Sowing Region: Wisconsin
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.
🌺🌻🌺🌻 So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. β€” Jorge Luis Borges
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May 20, 2020 8:21 PM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Composter Dahlias Region: Ohio Region: Ukraine Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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.
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May 21, 2020 5:02 AM CST
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Butterflies Dahlias Winter Sowing Region: Wisconsin
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.
🌺🌻🌺🌻 So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. β€” Jorge Luis Borges
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Jun 24, 2020 8:47 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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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.
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Jun 24, 2020 10:18 AM CST
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Butterflies Dahlias Winter Sowing Region: Wisconsin
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.
🌺🌻🌺🌻 So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. β€” Jorge Luis Borges
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