How fast do cuttings root and flower?

linnea56(z5 IL)May 2, 2008

I finally got sand to make some cuttings from my too-leggy dahlias. But now itÂs early May: will these root at all in time to be of any use? I will probably give most away as it will be hard enough to find space for the potted tubers I have (~40: I always go nuts). How fast does a rooted cutting flower, anyway? I know of one dahlia seller who sells only rooted cuttings, not tubers, but I have no experience with this.

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sturgeonguy(5a ON)

Well, my research says its ~14 days to root, and then 6 weeks to flower, depending on the variety. I'm not sure how much time topping adds. No hands on experience here, just based on my I-research.


    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 3:06PM
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Cuttings will take 3-4 weeks to root, they then need 4-5 weeks 'potted on' in 3 1/2 or 4 inch pots to establish strong roots and growth before planting out. Then reckon on 4-5 weeks to the first blooms. I'll be planting mine out at the end of May and expect the first blooms in the first half of July with the main cropping through August and September with blooms continuing until November or the first frost, whichever comes first!

Here is a link that might be useful: Withypitts Dahlias

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 10:38AM
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