Best way to store dahlias??
Hi guys, I LOVE dahlias, probably my favorite flower outside of zinnias (so much color there) and I was wondering what was the best way to store them and if anybody had any particular methods that worked rather well? I tried wrapping mine in newspaper last year and they ALL dried out. Would putting peat moss in a plastic storing container like what one would store toys in be good? What should I do? I'd like to start a collection, I've been getting old heirlooms from Old House Gardens and my god they are outrageously good. I WILL order Kaiser Wilhelm' as he was a great multiplier last year, but again storage ate them all up. I'm afraid of it happening again this year with my 'Tommy Keith'
Also when's the best time to cut the plant back down and how long should I wait before digging them up after cutting them down?
I daresay I DID have a white dahlia come back in my garden this year and is over performing, but, I don't want to push it by leaving everything since I know it's probably a fluke. Also, is there another businesses besides Old House Gardens that specialize in nice older varieties of Dahlias, so far most of these older varieties, including "Old Gold" are extremely healthy and floriforous, and was wondering if any other supplier had a good selection of older types.