Tips for Storing Dahlias During Winter Months

Dahlias are a beautiful addition to any garden, but as winter approaches, it’s important to know how to properly store them so that they can be enjoyed for years to come. In this post, we will discuss the steps you need to take in order to store your dahlias over winter.

Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin storing your dahlias, there are a few supplies you’ll need:

Gloves:

You’ll want gloves that protect your hands from dirt and sharp objects.

Pruners:

Use pruners or scissors when cutting off the foliage of the dahlia plant.

Paper bags:

Paper bags are ideal for storing dahlias because they allow air circulation while keeping moisture out.

Cutting Back Dahlias

The first step in storing dahlias is cutting back their foliage. This helps prevent diseases and fungal growth during storage. Here’s how you do it:

1. Wait until after the first frost before digging up your dahlia tubers.
2. Cut back all stems and foliage down to about 4-6 inches above ground level using clean pruners or sharp scissors.
3. Leave them alone for at least 24 hours so that any remaining moisture can evaporate.

Digging Up The Tubers

Once the foliage has been cut back, it’s time dig up the tuberous roots of the Dahlia plant by following these steps:

1. Grab a pitchfork or shovel and dig around each plant carefully.
1a) Be careful not damage its root ball
1b) Make sure there is a good amount of topsoil still attached on each tuber

Drying Dahlia Tubers

Once you have dug up the tubers, it’s time to dry them out before storing. Here’s how:

1. Using a soft brush or cloth, gently remove any excess soil from the tubers.
2. Place each dahlia tuber in a well-ventilated area that is around 60°F with low humidity.
3. You can hang these roots upside down on strings.

Storing The Dahlia Tubers

After your dahlias are dried, you’re ready to store them for the winter months:

1. Use paper bags to store dried and cleaned up Dahlias

2.Place one layer of newspaper at the bottom of each bag then add a single layer of dahlias.
3.Cover this first layer with another sheet of newspaper and repeat until all your bulbs are packed away.

In Conclusion

Following these simple steps will ensure that your dahlias survive through the winter and come back in full bloom next year! Remember to cut back foliage, dig up bulbs carefully, dry thoroughly and finally pack away securely.
Happy gardening!

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