Dahlias forum: Out of storage!

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
May 27, 2014 8:48 PM CST
I took my Dahlias out of storage today (279 tubers). They look good. Lots of buds. If a tuber does not have a visible bud, I discard it. I use the Saran warp method of storage.

I should be able to plant them over the next week or so. They will end up in 6 or 7 different garden beds.

I am down to 76 varieties. Makes it a lot easier to plant. A few years ago I had over 300 varieties (to much work).

I did not buy any new Dahlias this year, although I was tempted by todays 30% off Swan Island sale. However, I do have one new dahlia this year... Nadine Jessie . I was one of the lucky winners of Peter's drawing (earlier this year). I potted it up and it is up to 4 to 5 inches tall in the greenhouse. Thanks Peter!

I have planted dahlias in early May here in Michigan, but I find that they really don't grow that well until the ground warms up. One year I started a couple of hundred in pots in the greenhouse. It was a lot of work, but I did have early blooms:). Now I am content to wait.

Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
May 27, 2014 11:19 PM CST
It must be very exciting as you pull the dahlias out of storage. 279 tubers is still a LOT of tubers so I salute you in digging, splitting, and storing so many. I tip my hat to you.

How in the world did you manage with 300 varieties (assuming you have multiples of some so the actual number of tubers must be a lot higher). And all those pots.....you have a lot more energy than I.

I also told myself no more additional new tubers this year. The 5 that I split, I gave the extras away. I only have about 65 dahlia plants total, maybe 50 varieties. I don't have much of a back yard, so have to intersperse my dahlias in the front yard. Since I leave most of them in the ground, I only know if they survive the winter as they sprout out - I lose more dahlias to snails than not having the tubers survive the winter. I was also trying to cut down on the amount of work in the garden......

I grew my first dahlia 6 years ago - getting maybe 10-12 new ones a year. It was hard resisting the temptation to get new ones. As I look at what other people are planting, I am beginning to regret my decision in not getting any new ones this year. There are so many neat varieties out there. Hilarious!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 28, 2014 6:56 AM CST
Wow Frank! I thought my 40 or so was a lot. I do start mine in pots. But I actually have not found them to really bloom much earlier. Mostly I do it to control the amount of water they get until they are really up and going.

I would love to visit some time. Do you do informal garden tours?
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 28, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Frank - you amaze me.

I'm more like Jennifer with less than 50 dahlias.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
May 28, 2014 10:20 AM CST
jvdubb said:Wow Frank! I thought my 40 or so was a lot. I do start mine in pots. But I actually have not found them to really bloom much earlier. Mostly I do it to control the amount of water they get until they are really up and going.

I would love to visit some time. Do you do informal garden tours?


You are welcome to visit anytime!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 28, 2014 11:14 AM CST
Very exciting Frank! I will contact you later in June to arrange a time to visit at some point this summer.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Jun 3, 2014 6:12 PM CST
I finished planting Dahlia tubers on May 31. I wish I could say I am just waiting around, watching for the first breakthrough. Instead, I am very busy in other garden areas:)
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 29, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Heh-heh. *Blush*

Never will I think these plants are anything less than simply amazing! I got tied up with other things this year and didn't end up getting my tubers out of my crawlspace until just a few weeks ago. I thought that one of them for sure would be a goner, either that, or I'd get foliage but no blooms...so I tossed it in the compost pile and left it be. Guess what? That crazy thing looks like it has buds already!! From 22" of white stalks to this... in a matter of weeks?!?!! Blinking


This is either Boogie Woogie or Kharma Sangria. I can't remember off-hand which one.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 29, 2014 8:55 PM CST
Amazing!

Last year I put a volunteer tomato (from our former vegetable garden) in the compost pile and they were fantastic tomatoes that kept until January 1st!
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Jul 29, 2014 10:38 PM CST
It is amazing how resilient those tubers are. They look nice and happy in your compost pile.
Did you get your other tubers planted?
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Jul 30, 2014 5:13 AM CST
I did get the others planted, Dianne, but they're not budding yet. Luckily, they all seem to be growing well enough so far. Smiling
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