Starting tubers inside and transplanting to garden questions
I apoligize for posting what is an oft repeated question, but I've spent hours on the Internet and over an hour searching this site and am still confused!! I am obviously a newbie :-) but am so excited to grow dahlias - I bought 6 'bags' of tubers at a small garden show in Vermont last month.
1) Starting indoors: do I plant w/ last years 'stem' (when it exists) sticking slightly above the soil, an inch below the soil, or at the depth the tubers should be planted outdoors (4").
2) What does it mean to plant tubers 'on their side'? So that the roots are sideways - parallel to the top of the soil?
3) When I have new growth and am ready to plant outside, do I just bury the 1st 4 inches of new growth when I plant the tuber 4" deep?
Thank you so much in advance for your advice!