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By Annie P on October 27, 2014

One killing frost or waning days sunlight will bring the year's dahlia blooms to an abrupt or dwindling end. Now is the time to ponder some techniques to successfully overwinter your dahlia tubers. It isn't difficult, and some lucky gardeners can get by without digging their dahlias at all. If you're in Zone 7 or less, and want to see your most treasured dahlias again, ready the shovel and read on...

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Oct 27, 2014 7:13 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Hi, Annie!

I only tried saving tubers once, and it was not good. I decided Dahlias were not for me. I got some from a good DG friend, but sadly I didn't save them when we moved.

Anyway, this article is so completely easy to understand that I just might try it again next year! Thank you!
Oct 27, 2014 9:22 AM CST
Name: CC
Sure hope you try dahlias again- I've been hearing lots of folks say how intimidating dahlias are because of the end-of-year work associated with them. The truth is that you truly dont need to save all five to fifteen tubers off each clump if all you want is one plant of each variety next year. One chunk is plenty, and compost the rest.

There are plenty of folk that just treat them as annuals, buying $30 of tubers each year from local clubs or mail order. If you think about it, that's the same cost as one small arrangement from a florist that is gone in a week. The return on the dahlia tubers is significantly more then a week's worth! If digging/dividing/storing is too much work, this is the way to go!

Either way, best of luck with you, and thanks for the note!

Oct 27, 2014 6:29 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I just hope my enthusiasm lasts til Spring. Maybe you should post another article then.... Whistling
Oct 29, 2014 6:49 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
I agree I agree Fantastic and very informative article. I too am one of these folks that has trouble trying to save Dahlias. Some I do ok with, but for most, I end up with mush, or the poor tuber has dried itself up into nothingness. Thanks to your article, I think I may try saving a whole clump. I have the room. Maybe then I will have better luck. I think my biggest problem is trying to get the cuts right.

Thanks for sharing the information and I too hope you post more articles. Thumbs up

Dec 10, 2014 11:20 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you, Annie for a wonderful article full of great info!
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