Dahlia 'Aurora's Kiss'

How to grow dahlias from rooted cuttings

Find out how to grow dahlias from rooted cuttings in our step-by-step guide.

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There are three ways to grow dahlias: from rooted cuttings, tubers or seed.

Rooted cuttings are shoots taken last winter from the basal growth of the parent, rooted into compost and sent out bagged up in plastic, ready for potting up. They usually make smaller plants in their first year, but are big enough for pots, with plenty of flowers. Rooted cuttings are usually bought by mail order from specialist nurseries.

Here’s how to grow dahlias from rooted cuttings.

Rooted cuttings are shoots taken last winter from the basal growth of the parent, rooted into compost.

You will need

  • Rooted dahlia cuttings
  • 9cm pots
  • Scissors
  • 12cm pots
  • Plant labels
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Step 1

Place the cutting into a 9cm pot and backfill with compost. Firm down.

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Step 2

Snip off any buds that form to allow the plant to bulk up. Grow on in 12cm pots.

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Step 3

Keep well watered and harden off outdoors on warm days in May or June.

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