how do I store dahlias for the winter - Knowledgebase Question

Somers Point, Ne
Question by ralph3842
September 10, 2008
we bought dahlias this year they told us we had to store them for the winter how do we store Dahlias for the winter


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Answer from NGA
September 10, 2008

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Although Dahlia tubers can survive if left in the ground all winter, it's chancy, and you may lose them to rot if the soil stays too wet. Here's how to preserve your dahlias: after frost has nipped the foliage and stems of your Dahlias, cut the foliage down to the ground. Then carefully dig the tubers and lay them in the sun for a few hours to dry. Then shake off excess soil. You can store them in sawdust, dry sand, peat moss or vermiculite in a cool (40F - 45F), dark place. In the spring the tubers can be divided before they are planted. Each swollen tuber that has a bud forming at the stem end can be cut away from the others and planted. Cut with a sharp knife, taking part of the original stem with each division. Hope this information helps you increase your inventory of Dahlias!

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