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Hi all I dug up some Dahlia Tubers today to clear my beds. The ones I grew from seed are lovely and fat but the ones I bought as cheap bedding plants are very small.
Is it worth trying to keep any of these?
Why not keep them? If you look after them over winter, and pot them up in a cold frame or greenhous in spring, they will come back. Even small tubers will produce lovely plants next year.
It is worth keeping them, must have stems or shoots though. Just think, bedding dahlias are grown from seed so how small were they at the start of the year!
I was wondering more than anything if they will keep over the Winter being so small.
Glad to hear that they will produce lovely plants even being that small
and they all have a piece of stem each
Definitely worth keeping and they'll be twice that size next autumn.
Snap Mattbeer, done the same job myself today today. wrapped in newspaper and placed in the shed.
Im letting them dry first then gonna wrap them up in newspaper. I'll then stick them in the cupboard under the sink in the unheated downstairs loo which can get very chilly in Winter :P
Just as long as it's dry and there's no chance of it freezing in there.
I was taught to dry them with the stalk pointing downwards so any sap etc drained out of the hollow stem to avoid any chance of rot.
yea thats what I was told too Dove. They arent vertical but the stems are pointing down enough so anything will drain out of it
and they wont freeze in the toilet but my behind will when I sit on it on a cold morning before work!
i got 3 trays of 6 for 30p . bargin
Hi I have a large amount of dahlias ands some times get small tubers like this and I still keep them and in fact they are better than the larger ones caus they have less shoots make bigger bigger and healthier plants
Hello Cody, thanks for the tip, good to know. Hope you had a good Christmas.
Hope you had a good christmas to Busy Lizzie
Cool. I think I left mine to dry for too long and they ended up getting mouldy
Lesson learnt for next year. I think I'll just leave them in their pots or in the ground with some mulch.
and happy christmas to you too
Watch out that those small tubers dont dry out too much. Larger tubers have enough moisture in them to survive winter but those tiddlers should be potted up in early spring. It's a fine balance ...keeping them alive with some moisture yet not letting them get wet Small tubers that totally dry out will usually perish
I learnt that lesson already Verdun :P
But I didnt lose anything as they were grown from seed and the other ones were all freebies from work
I had a great season out of them
All depends if you liked them or not.