I may need some help

monica33flowers(z4 WI)November 4, 2008

I've started digging my dahlias and putting the name tags next to each dahlia.

All I did last year was dig them and left a little of the stem and then just put them all in different plastic bags. It seemed that about 80% made it but my mother is telling me what I'm doing is wrong.

Here is my question -- what is the correct way to store the dahlias and any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

Mother may be used to doing it the old way with peat moss, which I find dries them out. If you are getting 80 % making it through, that is probably better than "mother's", but I am not mother so I'm therefore not sure what her success rate is.

The only thing I would do other than what you are doing is use a bulb dust ( fungicide ) on them. Then put the tubers in the bags ( loosely wrapped ) into a cardboard box, and place it in a cool place for the winter. Don't let it freeze.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2008 at 1:32PM
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monica33flowers(z4 WI)

JRoot,
Yes, mom always uses peat moss. LOL.

Thank you for your helpful advice I will use the same method as I did last year.

Put some bulb dust on them and put them in the basement in a dark spot. OH, and I use grocery bags as well to keep them separated.

Thanks Again

    Bookmark   November 5, 2008 at 12:46PM
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