Dahlias: Dos And Don'ts: Valuable information

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Dahlias:  Dos And Don'ts

By Sharon
October 1, 2015

My love for dahlias got off to a really slow start. I much preferred soil beneath my fingernails than for those same nails to be blackened by bruises from driving dahlia stakes into the ground. And the truth was, dahlias had no other purpose on earth than to stand around looking totally tall and beautiful. I liked plants that had a reason for being, like tomatoes. Now there was a plant worth growing even if it did need to be staked.

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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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Oct 1, 2015 6:40 AM CST
Thank you for this valuable information.

Sharon, this is very timely information for me and I need one more piece of information. I live in zone 5, and of course, the tubers will be brought indoors. I need to know the range of temperature of the place where I may safely store my tubers.

Again, thank you.

Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Oct 1, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Hi Gerry,

Glad the information was timely for you. I've stayed with about 45*F for most of my tubers and bulbs and it seems to work. Any warmer and they might dry out and any colder would be too cold, so somewhere around 45 seems to be the magic number. If you can store them in sphagnum that's even better because it acts as another bit of insulation.

I hope this works for you.
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