We had an early season snow yesterday of 4" and now temps in the 20's this morn. Do you think I will be able to salvage my dahlia tubers that have not yet been lifted from my gardens? I surely hope they survive as they were gorgeous this year and I have had them for many years already. It is supposed to get up close to 50 this week and if the snow melts and I dig them, do you think they will still be okay?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts,
Yes, they should be fine unless you cut them back already and open stems allowed the snow inside. Otherwise they should survive just fine. Many people wait two full weeks after a hard frost before digging.
Oh I am so sorry what a huge loss. I hate to lose even a few tubers over the winter when saved in grocery bags.
I did go out and snip the blooms to save for a final arrangement, but no cutting of the main stems thank goodness.
Figured I would try and reboot this threat for the new year.
Anyone checking up on tubers? Now might be a good time to see how they've been overwintering, if you have then dug and stored. I pulled my box out of the garage, out of 25 or so wrapped tubers only one was mushy, and none of them had sprouted despite our warmer-than-usual December and January. Considering myself lucky so far.
I just visited a wonderful gardening friend. She is the owner of Secrest Gardens in Brigham City. She is so knowledgeable and shares readily. She just gave me 3 different DP tubers. I saw the plants last year. They were so big and beautiful. I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR SPRING! I am jumping the gun in starting some seeds. It is my therapy.
I could set them out on the deck and just watch the weather like crazy til I can unpot and put in the ground. They are so delicate that they usually suffer breakage in the process. Maybe if I can get my DH to help me it would go better.
I guess it depends on how far along sprouting they are. Seems like I read some where that it doesn't hurt them to knock off the early buds but that would make me nervous. What if there are no more eyes to grow. Will they regrow that eye. Seems risky to me.
I heard you just put them in moist soil then leave them alone until they send up sprouts. By putting five or six or more if they will fit into deep 'flats' (actually drain trays from really big pots) I save dirt, pots, and labor and will only plant those that sprout and can pitch the rest. I also have two pots in the house, one tuber each, and two more with two tubers each growing as actual plants. It will be a long haul to spring
That makes sense. I understand the saving of soil, energy and time by pre-sprouting.
You inspired me enough that I removed all but one plant from the bay window in the master bedroom and now have all four bags (slit open) sitting there in the sunshine. Some already sprouted in the bags so I'm well on my way to my own adventure.
I don't imagine that you can plant out til at the earliest mid-may? New York gets both very cold and very hot if I understand correctly. Two extremes. Like Fairbanks, Alaska. Down to -55 and up to +90.
Geez, we have to grow tomatoes in 2 seasons in our zone (an early spring and late summer season). Do you think I should tend to my dahlias in waves also? Maybe plant half in April, and save half for August?
Hi all I am new to the forums on dahlias, seems like you all have so much knowledge. Can I ask a few questions?
I have some that I stored in my basement ( not heated per se, but it does have the washer & furnace in it) so I store them far away from the furnace.oposite side of the room , near a wall right near my garage.
I am in RI zone 5b...
Every year I usually do OK...This year I lost about 50% , they were all dried out...the other 50% did fine...but some had sprouts..some not.
They were stored in paper bags in boxes.
Is it necessary to plant with sprouts and what is best way to encourage this? before planting in dirt for the season.
Do I split the large clump of tubers into many tubers? Can I cut them up? Is this where they will sprout...
My clumps are quite large as I am afraid of splitting them up into separate small ones..
I hope this isn't too confusing...thank you in advance..
They have to have an 'eye' in order to sprout and flower. There are ways to try to force the tuber to sprout - check out the 'sticky' at the top of the dahlia forum. There is a lot of really good information there.
Have you tried to moisten up any of the dried tubers? I would definitely start there.
I cut mine up each fall, leaving a bit of the stem on each to assure I have at least one eye. I lost a fair amount this year also, some small and some really large. I suspect too much moisture was left on them and I wrap in plastic wrap. what is the name of the gorgeous yellow dahlia. I had one a year or so ago and then lost it.
Mary - did you sprout experiment work? When you removed the sprout and planted it, did it form roots? Or was your main purpose to see if you accidentally (on purpose in your experiment) knock off a sprout, if a new one would form?
I also have a sprout rooting experiment going on - using a sand media and in vermiculite, using different sizes of sprouts, and I even am trying to root the pinches when I am topping some of my larger ones off. Since I can leave my dahlias in the ground, the early ones are over a foot tall, and Pooh is about 2 ft tall. My camera lens is stuck on the inbetween position so I can't take any pictures. Will have to figure out how to unstick it.
the tuber sent up new sprouts. I already had some sprouts that I dipped in rooting gel and have maybe ten that are growing nicely. Have no clue where I am going to put all these dahlias. they will be in pots until mid to late June as that is when the new flower beds are going in.
I know what you mean about where to put them. I had soooooooo many this year after splitting them last fall that I seemed to plant all day and then some. I am sure I have planted dahlias on top of dahlias and other things, oh well, I love them!
Maybe we should consider a dahlia tuber exchange next year. I am sure we all have different varieties, and it would be fun to try new ones. I hate to throw anything away, bit when I split the tubers, I really don't need 6 plants of the same variety.
I have about a dozen varieties and I just split them up and put them in the box and am always surprised at what comes up where. I swear that next year I am going to mark them at least by color. I don't know how, but I seem to have always managed to have the yellows, whites come up together and the reds or burgundy together and so forth, but not sure that will happen this year as I really had a lot and put a few together? We shall see.
So an exchange is a great idea, but not sure what you would be getting from me.
Oberon46 wrote:I cut mine up each fall, leaving a bit of the stem on each to assure I have at least one eye. I lost a fair amount this year also, some small and some really large. I suspect too much moisture was left on them and I wrap in plastic wrap. what is the name of the gorgeous yellow dahlia. I had one a year or so ago and then lost it.
oberon, i am not sure of the name but can send one in fall if you would like a sample? dmail me your address. Im sorry never responded before now 2 mos after my original post. I had forgotten about this forum. I wish we could get email reminders when we are watching a post. I am still learning about using this web site.
my pretty flowers are all being eaten by earwigs ...urgh ! I have set out plastic used coffee containers with beer , and am catching some, hopefully i can have a few blooms to cut and bring inside,as this is my reasoning for growing dahlias in the 1st place...anyone else having this issue and if so what did you do?
Thanks doodles, but I am now full up on dahlias. Went a little nuts. Plus I have shipments of lilies and peonies coming this fall to try to sqeeze in. But thanks anyway. Do earwigs make the leaves get all crunched up looking. I thought Bug-geta was for snals -- will it work for other pests also.
You are quite welcome. If you have any dahlias, like Duet, with white tips, the earwigs are drawn to them more than any other dahlia.
If any flower is suspect just cut the stem, bring the flower to a cement walk (or brick but not dark like asphalt) and shake the flower. If earwigs are there they will fall out but be aware that they will also gross you out by crawling up your arm faster than you think could be possible - so shake and drop the flower at the same time. You'll spot the earwigs scurrying away - stomp and squish them.
Oberon and Pril, I have dahlias that the leaves are all scrunched up also. I don't know what causes it. My problem with insects are the grasshoppers, They eat the whole top of the flower. I don't even mind smashing them anymore. I just clap my hands and smash them dead. I have some beautiful dahlias but my biggest, prettiest one is the Lady Darlene. Oh it just about takes my breath away.
I don't know what causes the scrunched up leaves so let's hope someone comes along who can help. I would remove those leaves and not put them in compost. Grasshoppers seem to be more of a pest than ever before.
Speeking of earwigs on Dahlias. I run into a article about Earwig trap. You need a stick, clay flowerpot and napking, I guess paper napkin. You turn the pot upside down, with the stick hold in the napkin and stick the whole thing in ground. early morning the earwig will croll up to the napkin to hide. This is when you take the whole pot and imers it in soapy water. Put new napkin and start again. It make sense. Here is the picture. Etelka
On Lobaugh's Dahlias on-line catalog, there is a recipe for dahlia bread. Thanks, but I'm planting mine in the ground. Pretty expensive bread,too, although they do say they use the tubers that don't sprout eyes.
pirl, my new laptop is VERY sensitive, much more than the last computer I have- just brush the scroll pad and you've purchased $250 worth of clothes- whoops, maybe that's not entirely the computer's fault, but it doesn't help matters.
If you put cheese on dahlia tubers, I'm sure they're delish!!! Too expensive, for sure, though!!!
Arlene, I had the opposite problem when using my husband's laptop, when mine had a virus. It was driving me crazy that I was typing fast and it was recognizing half of the strokes. I was able to adjust the keystrokes to speed it up and you can do the same to slow yours down.
Go to Control Panel
Go to Access Option (may be called Ease of Access)
Go to Change How Your Keyboard Works (may be called something else on your laptop)
Go to Make It Easier to Type
Go to Set-up Filter Keys
Go to Filter Options Keystrokes
Change the amount of seconds to suit your needs. I was able to go below and sample the rate of speed so I was able to set the best speed for me.