dahlias in 4 inch pots

suzegarden(z5mo)October 27, 2008

Here is a new one for you. I got starts of some dahlias this spring, and put them in 4 " pots. Unfortunately, I didn't read on and see that i was supposed to plant them in the ground. They grew in the pots, some even flowered, but now I am wondering what to do with them for the winter. Should I cut the stems off, and leave them in the pots, or should I take whatever tubers that have developed, and just store as any other tuber? Thanks, Suzegarden

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You can store them right in the pots- trim the stems to a couple of inches, turn the pots on their side so any water can drain & circulation is better, stack them up & store in a cool dark place. When you want to restart them you can bring them out & let them sprout. Then do cuttings again from them. This is the way most dahlias are grown in the UK- they don't even use what they call "chicken legs" & we call tubers. Or in spring if you want you can take them out of the pot, cut them up & replant.
These are "pot tubers" & are what you generally get from the big box stores in a plastic bag with most of them broken off & not usable.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2008 at 12:38AM
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Thank you so much for your help. Suzegarden

    Bookmark   October 28, 2008 at 12:47PM
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