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How to keep a dahlia until spring planting

Posted by mclem 7B NC (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 25, 06 at 10:45

I bought a dahlia from the reduced-for-quick-sale buggy at the grocery store about a month ago. At that time it still had blooms, but I think the blooming has finished for the season. It's in a one-gallon container and I'm not sure of the proper way to store a dahlia until it gets planted.
It's not a dinner-plate dahlia. The bloom was about 2-inches in diameter and the flower was pale purple and white.

From my reading, I should plant it in the spring in NC. Some books suggest taking the plant out of the container and storing the bulb in newspaper or compost over winter. So I was wondering if keeping it in the original container would be the same as storing it in compost.

I don't have a garage or basement to overwinter, but I'm sure my Mom will let me keep in their garage next to her ferns. Parents also have a fabulous compost pile so I can overwinter it in the compost is necessary.

Thanks!


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RE: How to keep a dahlia until spring planting

Take it out of the pot & plant it in the garden- just like you would any annual or perennial-- or you could plant the whole pot in the garden so you don't disturb the roots at this time of the growing cycle-- dead-head it, clean it up & & feed it & it'll come back & bloom for you until frost-- most dahlias are just starting to be at their best at this time of year & put on a spectacular showing in Sept. & on into Oct-- until frost. Then look at the forum again as I'm sure there will be plenty of advice on storing at that time.


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