Good evening fellow #gters can you assist me please? This was a bedding dahlia purchased 3 years ago as a small plant. It's been in the same pot and grown beautifully over this time. This is the first year I've removed to dry out to store over winter. Can I break this tuber/tubers up next year to make more plants? All had roots of their own. Any help greatly appreciated 👍🤔🤔🤔 @mikethegardener ?
Hi Hayley, yes you can but if wait until spring to do it as all divided tubers need a viable growing eye and you won't necessarily be able to see them on a newly dug up Dahlia. Dust most of the compost off and store on top of some grit or dry sand in a dark frost free place and then divide away in spring! Happy Days!!! Dahlias for free!! #advice-dahlia
I divide mine most years if tubers are big enough, you may loose the odd little one when prizing apart but I also save them and throw them all in one pot and some have still grown even though they didn't have growing eyes when i planted them. I would def divide that one its big enough....more plants 👌👌
I think with the growing eye thing it's more the fact that without a growing eye the tuber is more susceptible to be struck down by dreaded Captain Rotski before it can develop viable roots and shoots. But I've divided them before and like @keely said some have still grown without an eye 👍🏻💚👍🏻
That's great Keely and Beck, I wasn't going to do it til Spring so I'll dry and store and see how they fair next year. As this was a bedding dahlia it's the first time I've seen it tuber and it's massive compared to my large dahlia! Thanks for the help ladies! 😍💕💚💜👏👏👍 @mrsflowerpot @Keely