dividing store bought Dahlias

ceaser7(z5 NW INDIANA)February 23, 2013

I was wondering if I purchase some dahlias from the store now, Can I, should I, try to divide them now?

Also I was wanting to try my hand at propagating Dahlias.
Is it advisable to purchase some now, let them sprout, and take cuttings now?

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ceaser7(z5 NW INDIANA)

An update, I am having problems with damping off.
The cuttings are approx 3", dipped in Clonex rooting hormone. I am trying styrofoam cups, with Miracle Grow potting soil, unheated, 7" humidity dome, in a window with indirect sunlight.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I will post this on the propagating forum as well.
Thanks

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:20PM
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steve22802(7a VA)

I would suggest that you put your cuttings on a heating pad and that you make sure they get 14+ hours of light each day.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 9:53PM
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ceaser7(z5 NW INDIANA)

Thanks Steve,
I'm trying a heating pad and lights as we speak.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 8:07PM
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mandolls(4)

I have had much much better success growing cuttings (of any sort) in pearlite, than in soil. If you are still having rotting issues give it a try. If you use clear plastic drinking cups then you can see when the roots are developed enough to re-pot them without pulling them out to check. I have also read in posts from professional growers that Dahlias do not need rooting compound to grow from cuttings.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 8:06AM
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steve22802(7a VA)

I would also suggest that you read: Success With Cuttings By Bill McClaren.
http://dahlias.net/seabox/McClaren.htm

There is also a lot of good info on the Colorado Dahlia Society web site.

http://www.dahlias.net/
http://www.dahlias.net/dahwebpg/Propagation/Cuttings.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: Success With Cuttings

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 9:34AM
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steve22802(7a VA)

For what it's worth I just read a contrary opinion that heating pads provide too much heat for dahlia cuttings and that 70 degrees and no hotter is ideal.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 2:10PM
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