I dug too soon - now what?

msbumble(z6 NJ)November 7, 2007

I dug up my Dahlias today, then I took another look at the instructions offered on this forum, and I had forgotten one thing - that I was supposed to let them wilt first. We've had some cold nights but not freezes and the foliage is still healthy. What should I do? I've left most of the dirt on the clumps so haven't looked for eyes. Your thoughts? Thanks.

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Poochella(7 WA)

If you cut off the foliage first, just let the clumps sit for a few days. You might even find eyes now, but the conventional wisdom says to let them sit a few days after cutting. If you dug them up with the foliage on, cut it off leaving a stalk 'handle' of about 6-8 inches or more.

A frost is optional- they grow dahlias in warm climates too and manage to keep their tubers regrowing every year.

Good Luck!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2007 at 5:10PM
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