I am offering Super special Dahlia named and or Identified selection of tubers with up to 5 different tubers and/ or small clumps included. This is an opportunity to add a selection of names and /or identified colours and forms to your collection. While stocks last I will be including Dahlia seeds of mixed or an identified variety!
I am sorting my special Dahlia stash for planting so get in quick as this is a very limited offer. Selection mailed in seperate labelled bags may include Cactus, Pompom, Decorative, Miniature, Purple Bicolour, My love ( white Cactus), Pink Nympahae, Bright eyes ( yellow cactus), Lanie ( single stripy red and pink). I may list more as I discover more in my sorting.
Its Dahlia planting time!!
Storing over winter
When you receive your Dahlia tubers please store in a dry and cool position out of direct sunlight. I store vast quantities of Dahlia tubers in chaff bags full of fully dried Autumnal leaves collected from my Oak, pear and Persimmon trees. I dig up my tubers every year so I can divide tuber clumps up, also as insurance in case of loads of rain in areas of high clay content in soil.
For overwintering I have used soil, grass clippings, wood shavings and these are good but not as good as dried autumn leaves.
For small single tubers I would suggest another storage method is in a planter box or large pot filled with slightly damp plain potting mix. Lay the tubers sideways and cover with stem just out of soil.
Planting and ground preparation
Dahlias are ready to plant when they begin sprouting, ones left in the ground will sprout earlier than dug up tubers. This is usually in mid to late spring.Plant in free draining soil enriched with cow manure that has been allowed to sit for a couple of months preferably. Plant in a position away from afternoon sun and strong winds if possible. So where they will receive morning and midday sun. plant so top of tubers sits just below soil surface.
Ground preparation includes making sure soil is free draining (clay based soil can be a problem if a lot of rain happens), dig a nice amount of rotted cow manure and / or compost that is well broken down. You can build a garden bed from scratch with newspaper over well mown grass, then build up soil over top ( test all new delivered soil as it can be too high alkaline or acid as I have found, then you can remedy it with manure or acid reducing additives. If you do all this in the months prior to planting your Dahlias will thank you with bountiful blooms.
Then Dahlias planted will vigorously grow until flowering ( Dahlia season) can begin from mid October onwards until late April or Early May when the cold and frost of Winter send them back to sleep.
A tip is dry Dahlia stems, make amazing kindling due to the hollow stems.
Resist watering your Dahlia tubers, my friend Lanie tells me she never waters hers, even during 2019’s drought they were unwatered as were mine. If they dry out badly they may be in too sunny a location, I do water potted Dahlias but infrequently. Dahlias will still flower in part shade, even under shade cloth.
Another tip is email me via the contact submission form on contact page if you want any extra info and please join our mailing list as I am keen to share the info about Dahlias that I have learnt and continue learning.
I am sorry but I can’t mail to NT, WA or TAS.