Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a private garden on three acres, south…
My favorite flower has to be the dahlia.
For many years I have grown about fifty dahlia tubers each summer. I plant them in the spring and tie them as needed to the support pole. The blooms appear from the end of July until Thanksgiving.
But it is the digging up and storing for the winter that takes the most time.
Some gardeners I know do not want to bother with all the work involved in growing dahlias.
Philadelphia nurseryman Thomas Meehan in the November 1861 issue of his magazine Gardener’s Monthly gave instructions on what to do with the dahlias after the first frost. He wrote: “As soon as the first white frost has blackened dahlia leaves, the stems should be cut back to a few inches off the ground, the label securely fastened, and the root placed away in a cool place secure from frost til next March, when it should be ‘sprouted’, divided and again set out.”
For some reason I do not mind the task of digging up, cleaning, labeling, and storing the tubers for the winter.
It feels like a step in the wrapping up the garden for the winter.
Do you store dahlia tubers? What method do you use?