The Q&A Archives: Dahlia Storage

Question: I had the most incredible luck with my dahlias this year. Planting them like potatoes paid off very well. I've been reading in here the proper way to store them come fall. Would putting them in a paper bag with peat or saw dust suffice? I would be storing them in the basement where an occasional mouse may appear over the winter unless trapped. Am I inviting trouble with a paper bag do you think? Would would be the best "container"? Thank you for your advice.

Answer: A paper bag or cardboard box should be fine, but avoid plastic bags for instance because they do not allow for air flow. I would expect rodents to find them tasty. You might want to be careful to control the mice and possibly encase the tubers in a smaller size wire mesh cage for good measure. Another possibility would be to hang the paper bag or box of tubers in a nylon or string mesh bag to make it a bit less accessible. Good luck!

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