So in part-1 I showed the 7 dahlia cuttings which I ordered from the ‘National Dahlia Collection’ (

These arrived 28th April 2014, so one month on, how are the cuttings doing?

1. Alvas Doris (Small cactus)

2. Amberley Joan (Small Decorative)

3. Amorangi Joy (Small Cactus)

4. Bergers Record (Medium Semi-Cactus)

5. Dahlia Clair Obscur (Small Cactus)

6. Firebrand (Small Cactus)

7. Mini Red (Miniature Cactus)

Well 2 of the cuttings are doing very well and are now outdoors, but the other 5 are a bit mixed. They’re either small and not growing much or look a bit ‘weak and thin’. Now I’m not sure if that if my fault as I have only ever grown dahlias from tubers before, or if the conditions are not right? I have now ‘disbudded’ the cuttings to try and encourage lateral growth and I’m hoping they start to look better.

Firstly the 2 strongest cuttings are the 2 orange/orange-red varieties:

4. Bergers Record (Medium Semi-Cactus)

Dahlia bergers-record (Medium Semi-Cactus) 30694. Bergers record 24. Bergers record 3

6. Firebrand (Small Cactus)

Strangely, even though this is looking great, it looks like it has developed a bud already? It seems far too short to have a bud – perhaps all small cactus dahlias are short? I’m new to this so have no idea.

Dahlia firebrand (Small Cactus) 2630 6. Firebrand 6. Firebrand 3


Now onto the 5 cuttings that aren’t doing so well 1 month on. I did try putting these outside during the day, and then bringing them back in at night time over the last week, but they looked to be deteriorating with pale leafs etc. So I have brought these 5 dahlia cuttings back indoors full-time until they become stronger.:

1. Alvas Doris (Small cactus)

This is cutting that has struggled the most and didn’t have a root system when it arrived. It has grown in the last month, but incredibly slowly. I’d read that cuttings thrive and grow much quicker than tubers, but I’m not sure that is always true from my limited experience.

Dahlia Alvas Doris (Small Cactus) 2603 1. Alvas Doris 1. Alvas Doris 2Though Alvas Doris has made progress from when it first arrived a month ago 🙂


2. Amberley Joan (Small Decorative)

Amberley Joan Dahlia is also very slow growing after a month. It is also growing rather peculiarly, in that one large leaf has grown to one side but not the other? I regularly turn the plants so this shouldn’t be due to its positioning.

Dahlia Amberley Joan (Small Decorative) 1016 2. Amberley Joan 2. Amberley Joan 2

3. Amorangi Joy (Small Cactus)

Amorangi Joy is produces a  yellow cactus dahlia, but currently looks tall and dangly. It isn’t a tall as the picture suggests, it’s probably 30 cm at most. I have dis-budded this and I’m hoping it branches out. Looking at this cutting makes me feel completely inept with dahlia cuttings! I have no idea what to do with it to make it stronger and healthier. Dahlia Tubers put out multiple stems, but with a cutting you only have 1 stem? I’m hoping dis-budding improves the appearance of this dahlia, otherwise I will reverting back to dahlia tubers next year.

Dahlia Amorangi Joy (Small Cactus) 2725  3. Dahlia Amorangi Joy 3 3. Dahlia Amorangi Joy 2

5. Dahlia Clair Obscur (Small Cactus)

Dahlia Clair Obsur is similar to the other cuttings, not looking too strong.

Dahlia Clair Obscur (Small cactus) 2578 5. Clair Obscur 5. Clair Obscur 2

7. Mini Red (Miniature Cactus)

Mini-Red Dahlia looks messy and again with the other cuttings, seemed to deteriorate when I put it outside.

Dahlia_Mini Red (Miniture Cactus) 2808 7. Mini Red 7. Mini Red 2

I will update you in a month or 2 once these dahlias have made more progress. I’m hoping they work out well and produce strong healthy flowers and tubers for next year. If not I will be sticking to Dahlia tubers and giving cuttings a miss in future. But watch this space and lets see what happens first 🙂


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