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question about dahlia tubers

Posted by Mart5 z5mo (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 19, 05 at 12:15

I "looked" at my dahlia tubers that I have stored in a box in my basement and they don't look like I expected. Does anyone know how the tubers should look in Jan? Mine look shiveled up, are they suppose to look full, with eyes?

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RE: question about dahlia tubers

If not stored in sand or sawdust, they indeed will dry and shrivel considerably. Unless they are really small to start with, it's usually not a problem. Those which have short fat tubers are usually able to retain a high percentage of the stored water. Those which have a long skinny tuber will shrivel quicker and I have lost a few of them over the 40 years of growing them. At this point in time, you might also note a tiny bit of new growth developing. If so, I would not worry about it. I've yet to lose one that has showed a winter growth bud.


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