Dahlias forum: Does anyone grow dahlia in zone 8?

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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Oct 29, 2015 1:50 PM CST
Help a newbie to dahlias, please. I just received several clumps of lovely dahlias, but at present am not sure what I should do with them. Should I store them over the winter? If so, should I separate the tubers? Can I store them in saw dust? Or, is it possible that I can go ahead and plant them now and mulch them well? Please help! I don't want to lose any. TIA.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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mandolls
Oct 30, 2015 3:43 PM CST
It makes more sense to me to store them for the winter - if you have a cool 40-50 degree area to keep them. (garage?)

If you don't have a good place to keep them, then maybe plant them, but having really good draining soil is a must, as wet and cold is a sure way to rot them.


Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Oct 30, 2015 3:49 PM CST
I have a garage. We do have wet winters. I am afraid that they may rot if I plant them this late. What do I need to do in order to store them as clumps? I'm all ears!
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Oct 31, 2015 6:10 AM CST
Store them in slightly, very slightly - damp peat moss or vermiculite, in boxes. Air tight plastic storage bins may trap to much moisture, so cardboard, or something with vent holes is better.
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Nov 1, 2015 1:44 PM CST
Thank You! for your help. I have plenty of med. grade vermiculite, so I'll use that in the cardboard box they came in to store them in my garage.
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Nov 15, 2015 5:11 PM CST
I'm not a dahlia expert, but I have about 10 that I've had for eight or so years. I have never dug them for winter; I have dug them only to move them from my old home to the new one where I currently reside. I have never lost any of mine Smiling

I live in Aiken county, so I expect you would be able to do the same since we're practically neighbors.

That being said, if someone that is an expert suggests digging them for better growth habits or increasing flowers, I would certainly consider it. I just know that it is not a must for the weather we have in our part of the state.

If you check back through some of the posts, you will see some of my pictures from this year's blooms.
Hope this helps,
Regina
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Nov 15, 2015 6:58 PM CST
Thanks for your input, Regina. I tip my hat to you. I will definitely go back through the threads and look for photos of your blooms.

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