Will any of these grow?

LullabyF360February 14, 2013

I have wanted dahlias for ages. Since we are finally working on our porch, I was gratefully able to buy some. Only 3 bulbs came in the package (I bought 2 packages). These tubers had broken off. Upon close inspection a couple look to be sprouting, but what about the rest?

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steve22802(7a VA)

Dahlia tubers must have an eye to sprout but unlike potato tubers dahlias do not have eyes all over the whole tuber. Dahlias only have eyes right where the tuber connects to the main plant stem. It is not uncommon for tubers to break away from the main plant stem and leave behind the eyes. When dividing dahlia clumps you must always carve away a bit of the stem to go with the tuber and even then it is possible to get a tuber with no eye. Your best bet now is to pot up all the tubers without visible eyes in a loose slightly damp soilless mix and put them somewhere warm. If their eyes don't swell and sprout then those tubers are useless for planting.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 8:16AM
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mandolls(4)

In the spring after winter storage, If I dont see a sprout already forming, I move the tubers into plastic bags (which I leave open) with moist peat moss. If I dont get a sprout, then I dont waste the space that a pot takes up. I can put 6-8 tubers in each bag.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 8:11AM
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