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19/10/2013 at 14:24

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?

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19/10/2013 at 15:05

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.

19/10/2013 at 15:09

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!

19/10/2013 at 15:09

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

19/10/2013 at 15:10

and they all have a piece of stem each

19/10/2013 at 16:20

Definitely worth keeping and they'll be twice that size next autumn.

19/10/2013 at 16:22

Snap Mattbeer, done the same job myself today today.  wrapped in newspaper and placed in the shed.

19/10/2013 at 16:37

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

19/10/2013 at 17:06

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.

19/10/2013 at 17:19

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!

20/10/2013 at 12:57

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32715.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 i got  3 trays of  6 for 30p  . bargin  

26/12/2013 at 13:45

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 

 

26/12/2013 at 14:36

Hello Cody, thanks for the tip, good to know. Hope you had a good Christmas.

26/12/2013 at 16:38

Hope you had a good christmas to Busy Lizzie 

26/12/2013 at 18:12

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

26/12/2013 at 18:28

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

27/12/2013 at 20:49

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

27/12/2013 at 21:21

All depends if you liked them or not.

Bill

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