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Oct 2, 2015 6:46 PM CST
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
Butterflies Region: South Carolina Ponds Keeper of Koi Hybridizer Frogs and Toads
Dog Lover Daylilies Dahlias Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
I've been lurking on this forum for a while, and have loved reading the info on planting tips and sites to buy, as well as seeing all the gorgeous photos.

I have only ever bought from the big box stores, but am thinking I need some more interesting ones Smiling
Does anyone on here have tubers for sell/trade listed on your plant lists? I like to buy from members when I can.

These are the few I have, and although they're beautiful to me, I'm sure they may not be true to their name...
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This one (same as second one above) was supposed to be Tahiti Sunrise...it doesn't look like the others in the database, of course:
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Oct 2, 2015 6:54 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
The only reason I don't trade is because I get an F in winter storage.
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Oct 2, 2015 10:18 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I trade and sell tubers. My plant lists here on ATP have the dahlias I had last year - I haven't updated it with this years yet, and probably won't get to it until after I get everything dug and divided this fall. I'll get in touch when I know what I'll have available.

Geof
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Oct 2, 2015 10:42 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
Butterflies Region: South Carolina Ponds Keeper of Koi Hybridizer Frogs and Toads
Dog Lover Daylilies Dahlias Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thanks Geof...your dahlias are beautiful.

Arlene, I understand. I am lucky to live in SC, so I don't have to dig them each fall.
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Oct 3, 2015 8:51 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I can attest to the dahlias Geof sells and/or trades. Each one was correctly named (some big suppliers can't say that) and the tubers all grew well.

The down side to not digging is the tubers do grow themselves to death. I've had it happen so digging is the best option for me. I don't want to lose any of my beauties.
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Oct 3, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I agree with Arlene. I got some tubers from Geof this year and they outperform themselves. I like the fact that the tubers show a bit of eyes before he ships them.
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Oct 3, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thanks for the good reviews *Blush*

The one mistake I made last year was overselling some of them. I had a couple of people that I wasn't able to fill their orders due to loss during storage, but all in all it seemed to go pretty smoothly.
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Oct 3, 2015 11:07 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I am beyond ecstatic with Ferncliff Copper!
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Oct 4, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Chester, VA (Zone 7b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
That's a gorgeous one Arlene. I had several that I was really pleased with. Course, they are still in the ground. I will be digging the front yard up today. Yuk. The tubers should be well 'seasoned'. lol My grandsons came yesterday (in return for dinner) and cut down all the frozen detritus for me. What a job. Took them, me, and Damien over two hours. Nick asked Damien if "grandma did this by herself every year" and D replied "of course, it's her garden not mine." lol
From -60 Alaska to +100 Virginia. Wahoo
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Oct 4, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Good grandsons!

Happy digging. Just the thought of it makes me tired.
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Oct 4, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Chester, VA (Zone 7b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Yeah, me too. lol
From -60 Alaska to +100 Virginia. Wahoo
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Oct 4, 2015 10:56 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I try to concentrate on the great relief I'll feel when the digging job is done for the dahlias, which is easier when done in sunshine than wind or cold weather.
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Oct 4, 2015 12:31 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Ted of Hollyhill Dahlias - doesn't wait for frost to dig. He is digging this weekend. Of course he grows a couple 1,000, and digging/dividing is a week long job at least.

Its kind of tempting to go ahead and deal with it while it is still in the 60's during the day, but I am just not willing/able to sacrifice all of the blooms. The long term weather here doesn't show any signs of frost for the next 2 weeks. Except for some broken laterals the plants are still looking good.
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Oct 4, 2015 3:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
My plants are all lush with blooms.

I can understand early digging if it's a business but not otherwise.
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Oct 4, 2015 4:54 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
Butterflies Region: South Carolina Ponds Keeper of Koi Hybridizer Frogs and Toads
Dog Lover Daylilies Dahlias Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
I cut many blooms on Friday afternoon after work due to the upcoming rain.
I live in SC and we are inundated by flooding. Our schools are closed tomorrow....plants are taking a backseat and I'm praying for those that got more rain than we have. We are completely sogged out with localized flooding, but others are losing their homes Sad

Thanks Geof for the info. I'm in no hurry and will wait till spring to see what you post, as yours are beautiful.
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Oct 4, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Chester, VA (Zone 7b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
I just finished. My plants have been frozen dead for at least two weeks. I dug them and Damien helped me take them inside. They are laying on the floor in the garage and my car is outside now. I know it isn't ideal but I simply don't have any way to put them up on screens or anything else. Beats leaving them in the ground. Some were pulled a few days ago and are drying and shriveling. I need to tend to those. I am thinking of trying to save in clumps rather than dividing them. I have many multiple clumps of the same dahlia like Ice Berg, Blue Bell, Mardy Gras, Puget Sunshine and two and three of several others. Course that doesn't equate to having them next spring as we all know. Now I can use the time before snowfall (while it rains every day) to tidy up the yard, get the hardware stored etc.
From -60 Alaska to +100 Virginia. Wahoo
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Oct 4, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
You did a great job, Mary. Can Damien help me when I have to dig?
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Oct 5, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Chester, VA (Zone 7b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
He only helped me carry them into the garage. I did all the digging and initial dirt knock off. However he probably saved me at least half an hour of bending and walking. Much appreciated. How many do you figure you have to dig? I haven't counted my clumps yet.

Didn't you say you had saved clumps last year rather than wash and divide in the fall?
From -60 Alaska to +100 Virginia. Wahoo
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Oct 5, 2015 8:47 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Any help is appreciated, I'm sure.

I only have 60 to dig and I do save them in clumps. I'll be brave this fall and attempt to divide the ones that don't thrill me.
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Oct 10, 2015 7:52 AM CST

SC Flowers,

Like Geof, I sell and trade my dahlias. I will not have my list, obviously, until I dig the clumps, which probably won't be for a couple or three weeks. I have a friend who digs hers before it gets too cold for her to work outside. Her 3 adult children and husband all help dig and she and her hubby (and sometimes me) wash the clumps, cut off the feeder roots, and dunk them in an anti-fungal solution. She likes to do all of the cutting herself.

The attached photo is Crazy 4 Jessie. Cheers!

Donna


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