Can I dig up tubers early?

Galesburg, MI(Zone 6a)

I planted 4 dahlias in the spring and though they are beautiful, I have decided to trade them for some easy maintenance daylilies. When I got them I read up on digging/storing for winter and know that I was supposed to wait until frost blackened the stems before digging. However, my trade partner lives in a zone where she can keep them in the ground year-round. So, is there any way I can dig them up now and send them to her without damaging the tubers viability? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Kelly

Boise, ID

Yeah, you can cut it early if you'd like. I'd suggest to trim the bush down to a few inches above ground level and let it set for a week to have it develop some eyes before you send it to your trade partner.

Galesburg, MI(Zone 6a)

Great. Thanks for the info.

Boise, ID

You're welcome. Hopefully everyone else's opinion will be somewhat along the same lines as mine.

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