From what I have read you can store them in damp sawdust in a cool area but do not allow to freeze. I would not make it very wet or they may rot, but if it is kept damp it should keep the tubers from drying up.
Thanks I have tried storing them like all my other bulbs to no avail, will try this. Hate to throw them away. I have a basement well parchial basement and every thing else does fine there. Even my gerraniums, I tie them upside down and hang down there,just no luck with dahlias.lol
My neighbour gave me some dahlias last spring and showed how she stored them -
in unheated garage by the house wall in very large containers in peat moss.
The containers were huge though about 3' high.
I saw here drag the containers out and getting the tubers out very fresh.
The moss did not look dry, but was not too wet either.
I wait for the first frost/freeze which will take care of the flowers and plants, then dig up the tubers in a week or so, providing a deeper freeze doesn't follow the first. It has been 32 degrees here the past two mornings, and the plants and flowers are wilting away (sad), so I will dig them up in a couple of days.
Thanks Laura and cjolene for the tips. I guess I'll enjoy the rest of the flowers as cut ones in the house. I think next year I will put them in pots. It will be a lot easier to manage water, heat and bugs.
By the way, I am in SW Kansas, near Dodge, where is Lane?
Just lost the post I had started, so here goes again.
Howdy Kansas Kim. I was born & raised in Western Kansas, just north of Garden City.
The only family left there is one brother, as most of us have moved to Central Kansas. About Jetmore is when I feel like I'm really headed home, with being able to see so far on the horizon, Flat & no trees. Haven't been out there for years.
I have never been able to successfully store dahlia tubers either, AG. I finally just started buying new ones in the spring. I hate it but maybe next year I can do them in a pot and bring it into the house for the winter. We have a couple rooms we don't heat so they should go dormant in there but not die.
Hey all I just wanted you to know, last fall I dug my dahlia's after the last frost and put them in flower pots with soil, watered them, then stored them in the basement, They are alive and well, putting up new shouts. Know what to do from now on. I didn't water them the rest of winter. Thanks all for the help.
Thanks for letting me know what worked for you. I did the Saran wrap method. Most survived, but for some reason some of them rotted. Maybe I had too much moisure in the plant still. I'll try potting them up next fall.
I did the saran wrap method and had good success, but had a thought, I have one of the machines you use to store food that sucks out the air, do you suppose that would work easier than sarann wrap? Just a thought.
I have heard they need air circulation, so don't think it would work, but I may be wrong since this is the first time I have been able to save them. I am in no way an expert advisor,LOL I just love and enjoy them, and daisy's.