. . . to start setting away your Dahlia Tubers to enable you to take cuttings for this years season (that is if you haven’t already). Bring them into a light and airy environment with a bit of heat. This should encourage basal growth from which you can take cuttings.
If you are reading this thinking ‘I wish I’d ordered some to give it ago’ we still have a range of over 100 varieties available. Check here for our most up to date list of Sold Out varieties. We update this page as well as the online shop regularly.
For us, we don’t really store the tubers over winter. When lifted, generally by mid November, we wash them to get excess dirt off then heap them upside down on benches, each variety in its own pile. This allows them to dry off. By mid December we have generally got through all 6000+ tubers cleaning and trimming up and by Christmas Eve they are all planted up on the benches in a Clover professional bedding or potting compost with a slow release fertiliser mixed in, ready to set away in the New Year.
The heat gets turned up when we get back in the New Year. Bottom heat seat at 18-20 degrees celsius but air temp kept no higher than 10 degrees Celsius (unless we have a nice day of course!) until growth starts. Air temp is now at 15 celsius dropping back to 10-12 at night. Once watered in, which is done when we first turn the heat up, they are left on the dry side, certainly around the crowns, with any watering, if needed, directed at the “channels” between each variety.