Digging Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Columbia, Mi
Question by vaughnfarm
October 15, 2010
We live in Missouri. When is the best time to dig canna, and daliah bulbs, and how do you store them? Last year they rotted. I stored them in the basement. Thank you Betty


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Answer from NGA
October 15, 2010

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Cannas should be dug when their foliage begins to turn yellow and dahlias should be dug after frost kills the tops of the plants. After digging both, brush off excess soil and all to air dry for a day, then pack them in dry peat moss or dry potting soil, burying each individually so the tubers or bulbs are not touching one another. A cardboard box is the best place to store them. If there is inadequate air circulation, the bulbs or tubers will rot. Keep them in an area that remains above freezing during the winter months. Hope this information helps!

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