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lizzie44

Dahlias

Now i know there are some very good dahlia growers on here so.....what should i do with mine overwinter? For the past couple of years I have taken the out of their pots and stored them in the barn but this year I have a greenhouse and wondered if that would be a better place to keep them. should i take them out of the pots or not?  I was a bit disappointed with the plants this year - loads of topgrowth but not many blooms. Could we have a masterclass in storing and growing dahlias please?? Love Lizzie
kimbo

dahlias

growers have their own ways to suit themselves but OH"s grandad used to wait til the plants had been blackened by frost, cut the stems back to about 9inches,dig the tubers up, shove a knitting needle down the stems and hang them upside down in a frost free place so the excess water could drain out and after about a week box them up in 6inch deep boxes in just peat and put in a frost free place before bringing them out and putting them on heat to encourage growth next march. He did dust the tuber tops with sulphur powder to guard against mildew throughout the winter months. It worked well for him but as he said all growers do it their way!!!
Digindeep

also heard of people using sand to store them in...last few years wrapped mine in swathes of newspaper, sulpher powder...stored in cardboard boxes...done okay so far.....
Bazzer

We just leave ours in.
When stems have had it, gently pull away and that's it.
Bear in mind though, we are normally a lot milder in "Softy South".
kimbo

dahlias

just collected some dahlia tubers off a bloke in notts. He shows them but has only just started to dig them up, his soil is very light and sandy and they are in good condition despite the rain
Rare one

most of ours are dug up now and drying off before wintering them in some containers and covered in some cheap compost,in a nice dry place.
The rest will have to wait for a dry day .
Grandma Bodger

I dug  mine up about 4 wks ago left about 3 inch of stalk turned them upside down in trays in cold greenhouse they are now behind the stairs in boxes the right way up resting  
Digindeep

Heard of people pushing a knitting needles  into the neck of the stem..
hang them upside down to bleed them ...store them ...



Or am I just tellin' stories....???? ... I'm sure I've heard of this practice.....
Digindeep

Ooops! Kimbo.....just read the rest of the thread.....


Okay...so I'm a day or two behind....    
lizzie44

I have taken on your good advice and lifted and upended my pots to dry off in the greenhouse. When the foliage has gone will shake out the tubers and dry store. Many thanks, Lizzie

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