So it is December 27 2014 and I am starting 96 dahlia tubers in black trays. I am trying something new for The Painted Tulip.. Rooting Dahlia cuttings. This was inspired by a talk from Bob Wollam At the ASCFG national conference. He did a wonderful talk on the subject and as I need more of certain expensive harder to find verities: So why not try?
Tubers freshly dug in fall that get stored and divided
But to start I need material to cut so I had to divide the tubers and put in trays of soil about 12 tubers per tray. Dahlias are finicky to divide but I have just learn to stop second guessing my self and make sure I get a nice piece of crown with each tuber.
All I need is 2 leaves on the cutting so I will let the sprout get to 5 sets of leaves. Pinch and then I can divide that into 4 cuttings. Then with” magic” rooting hormone, moist soil, proper temperature and wet paper towel on top. I should get more dahlias. For May planting. So here I go.
So these are the few verities I am having trouble find and want hundreds more of :
Lilian Hamilton Love this one and so dose everyone else!
Kenior Lisa.. Love the coral Guava color and its big! 8″ +
Apple Blossom .. delicate and unique didn’t have enough to sell last season
And the infamous.. Cafe Au Lait.. which brides and customers and Florist love. I could grow an acre of these and sell every single one.
I have roughly 2 months before we open the green house. Hopefully my house will not turn into a jungle by then but its highly likely, if this works. With trays in every window.
I am also building a germination box for this too keep the cuttings warm & moist. This is my first one so and I am not the best builder in the world but I am learning . Stay tuned see see more of our dahlia adventure