Propagation by Sprout Cuttings:
A No Frills Approach

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In the previous section, planting the tubers to grow sprouts was explained.

Sprouts should appear in two to three weeks. Some dahlia varieties produce many sprouts, others produce very few.


Once the sprouts are up, they can be taken at almost any size--from 1" up. On average, I let the sprouts get about three inches tall. I use a razor blade to ensure a clean cut. Cut the sprout off as close to the crown of the tuber as possible, just below the node, as shown in the adjacent picture. A previous cutting has been taken from this tuber. The stub where it was removed is visible in the picture.

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Next the bottom part of the stem should be cleaned of extra leaves, dirt, or other foreign matter. In the adjacent picture the cotyledon leaves are being removed.

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The picture at the right shows what the cutting should look like when it has been cleaned and is ready for dipping and planting.

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The cutting is then dipped in a rooting hormone such as Dip N' Grow. Follow the instructions on the container.

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