The Q&A Archives: Can my friend grow dahlia bulbs in Dallas Texas

Question: My grandfather raised dahlias during the war and sold the flowers to florists for weddings. I have some of his heirloom bulbs and want to share them with my cousin in Dallas Texas.

My dahlias grow beautifully every summer, and I dig up the bulbs and divide them evry spring.

If I mail her some of my bulbs, would she be able to grow them in Dallas Texas?

Answer: I think growing dahlias in Dallas could be a little iffy. They can't take the heat and the dry summer air. You might try sending just one tuber to your cousin and suggest she plant it in an area with a few hours of morning sunshine but shade during the afternoon. If she's successful with the one plant, then you can share the rest of the dahlias in your collection.

Best wishes with your dahlias!

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