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Dahlias: Ooops...just found a dahlia tuber

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Lima, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2010
1:19 PM

Post #7970814

I just discovered a forgotten tuber which has a 7" shoot that is 3/8 inch, straight and sturdy, very light green. Should I cut it off or plant with long shoot exposed above soil?;
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 15, 2010
2:47 PM

Post #7970996

Plant it ASAP. If it had been indoors please either harden it off for a week or protect the new growth with an overturned pot for a few days, gradually allowing the plant to have a bit more sun each day.
Pinellas Park, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 15, 2010
6:59 PM

Post #7971535

pirl-OMG-I thought I was the only one that did that! Not that I'm implying I thought I was original, more like, kind of I use them for newly planted sproutes/tubers, to protect from too much sun, wind, rain, etc.

Tammy-ditto what pirl said. You could bury it a little deeper than you might normally, because of the sprouts length (makes it a little delicate?). Unless it's pretty sturdy, then scratch that. I could be wrong on burying it deeper for your zone, that's just what works here. Good luck.
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 15, 2010
7:07 PM

Post #7971557

Deeper sounds very good to me, QQ. It will result in a sturdier plant but it still should be staked.

Now I have to hope it's not a 12" plant!

Good luck, Tammy!

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