Well still snow on the ground but its time to bench up some tubers and pot roots for cuttings. These pictures show trays with domes on heating pad should start to show growth in 10 days to two weeks. Will then make cuttings that should root in 10-14 days. Will show pictures of steps till blooming in the garden.
that's interesting. You don't even entirely cover the tubers. And I didn't put a cover over them. I will give your system a try on tubers where I only have one that overwintered with eyes. With all I have that made it through and the 25 or so on order, I don't really need more but it is fun to go through the process anyway. Thanks for the pictures.
You don't cut up your tubers, eh? I lost quite a bit this winter but at last count I have 33 diff types (with 22 new ones coming), 93 tubers with 68 in pots and the other 25 laying in soil like yours. Don't want to waste soil on the ones that don't obviously look viable. As/if they sprout (the ones in flats) I will pot them up. The most prolific were Sweet Dreams and Blue Star, both bluish/lavender. Wonder if flower color is any indicator of robustness? ouch. Is that a word? And I only had one of Sweet Dreams to cut up last fall. I was afraid if I didn't cut them up and tried to save them in clumps they would rot. By now you must be knee deep in cuttings.
I have finally pitched the tubers that either have no eyes showing or are wimpy. I got carried away on the peony thread and was talking about dahlias and went ops. Not much activity here on the dahlia forum. Wonder why? I am propagating three that I am down to one tuber on and don't want to risk losing them entirely. I need to take a new inventory as I wasn't updating my report as I pitched.
Here in the northeast we've had some nice weather so I'm sure even dahlia lovers are outside cleaning up and getting our spots ready for dahlia planting. Today was so gorgeous and tomorrow we'll be in the 70's.
My dahlias are still in storage in the garage - shame on me!
Probably. And next week or so it would be the dreaded ruler. Did you ever see "Blues Brothers" -- the original version. The Penguin the brothers are terrified of. A nun, obviously. It was hysterical and soooooo true to what we believed as children. And the music was great.
Classic blues musicians, very well known like Duke Ellington. And singers also. If you like that sort of music it is one of the few movies I have watched more than once. Even the sequal made in 2000 was great.