Western Washington Dahlia Newbie - Tips

pacnwgrdngirl(z8 WA)March 4, 2007

Hello, I am in love with Dahlias, they grow so beautifully here in the Pac NW! This season will be my first one with the big ones. I live on the Olympic Peninsula near Bremerton. I was just wondering when people around here plant their tubers? Do you start them early in pots? It is pretty mild here, last frost is March 20th. I got Thomas Edison, Minnesota, and Le Baron. Is it necessary to lift them in the fall here? I had my little garden ones come back without lifting. Any tips and advice are much appreciated! Thanks!

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plantlady2(NW Washington)

You can start them early in pots or flats if you like. Plant out when the soil is 60* & they'll take right off. If you plant when the soil is too cold they'll just sit there & if it gets too wet, they'll rot. (wet?? In W. WA???>:)
You're taking chances by not digging in the fall but you could try mulching really deeply- if you have some nice favorites you should dig them just to be sure they don't get frozen over the winter.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 7:29PM
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Noni Morrison

Hi, I am on Vashon Island so probably about the same zone as you, 8b. I have been leaving my dahlias in the ground over winter for 7 year now, with none lost from freezing. I do put a straw mulch over them when the temp is dropping below 25 but just dug up some that I had left in an old garden and not mulched this winter and they were fine. My soil does drain well, however. I loose a lot more if I dig them up!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 12:36AM
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I am in Silverdale, WA and I have had a Dahlia come back twice on its own without being dug up as well.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 3:59PM
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