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Digging up Dahlia Tubers

November 21st, 2018

I wasn’t going to plant any dahlias this year, in the past I’ve always grown the dinner plate dahlias from inexpensive tubers I purchased at the local discount store. They never held up well to the windy conditions in the back garden and the earwigs chewed them to pieces. This past summer, there was a vendor at the farmers market selling tubers to small dahlias, beautiful ones. I purchased three tubers and planted them in the garden. Since they were so small, they didn’t bloom much (that and I planted them late).

When I dug them up this fall I have really nice tubers that should produce lush plants with lots of flowers next summer. I typically overwinter mine packed in cedar shavings in the basement. It is a bit of a pain to dig them up, overwinter them, and plant them once again, but they are well worth it.

Do you grow dahlias? What’s your favorite variety?

One Comment to “Digging up Dahlia Tubers”
  1. April Edmunds on November 25, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I have only tried the big ones too.
    Your tubers look gorgeous…maybe I
    Should try again. Thank you

    Reply to April Edmunds's comment

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