Planting Dahlia Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by srilathacheb
March 29, 2010
We planted Dahlia bulbs for the first time. We planted them upside down i think. There were many small different tubers and they join in one place. The single point where they join was rooted in the ground and these small tubers facing up. Is it the right way of planting Dahlia bulbs? Do i need to remove bulbs and replant them? Please let me know.

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2010


Sounds like you planted a whole gardenfull of dahlias in a single planting hole. Each of the tubers will develop into a plant so each should be removed and planted individually. When the tuber grows it will develop more tubers. The main stem is the center and the tubers radiating out like the spokes of a wheel are the newest tubers. Each should be carefully removed and you should be able to identify the eyes on the top part of each tuber. These are where new stems will emerge so set the eyes up when you plant each tuber. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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