Storing Dahlias over winter
Over winter Dahlias are in dormancy. This means the leaves and stems dry and shrivel. ( They make great kindling when completely dry).
Yes Dahlias can be left in the ground over winter in snow free areas but I dig most of mine as it can be really wet. The soul here in some parts is very claggy. So if your soil.is not really well drained I’d recommend digging.
Care needs to be taken to dig slowly to avoid tubers breaking badly.
Trim stems to perhaps about 5 to 10 cm and if soil is not too claggy you could leave on clumps. I tend not to divide clumps if I am going to store them as they winter better.
They are best stored in a dry and fairly well ventilated area, it’s a good idea to check them every few weeks as any gooey tubers can be removed.
I store mine in large pots, shade cloth, chaff bags with plain soil or well drained potting mix. I have also stored them in autumn leaves and sawdust. Soil seems the best.
Elevate the pots etc if you can on a wooden of plastic pallet as well to aid in airflow and to stop any errant water becoming a problem.
Because I am digging so.many tubers early this year I’m offering tuber clumps for sale now as I can’t store them all.
Keep an eye out for some little and some not so little beauties.
These include the Burgundy Berry Dahlias which I am checking over as I dig them up so I am listing a couple of clumps every few days.
There will probably be some Purple and White bicoloured Dahlias too, some lovely miniatures too.
Lastly thank you for your support. It is so much appreciated by myself and all the furry and feathered animals that have a forever home here.