Dahlia Saving Part 1

It’s time to dig and save your dahlias!

Each dahlia plant you have will produce 5-10 more tubers underground each year. This means soon you will be RICH in tubers.

I’m here to walk you through the how-to of dahlia saving. Follow the pictures below for the first few steps in saving your dahlia tubers:

Wait until after the first hard frost to dig your tubers. You’ll know when it time when the plants look completely dead! The stems will still have some green in them but the leaves will look awful. (Quite possibly the ugliest photo I’ll post on my blog!)

Wait until after the first hard frost to dig your tubers. You’ll know when it time when the plants look completely dead! The stems will still have some green in them but the leaves will look awful. (Quite possibly the ugliest photo I’ll post on my blog!)

Cut off the stems right above soil level and then gently pry up the tubers with a shovel or a pitch fork. The tubers are rather delicate, so pry gently! Use your hand to carefully dust off the biggest clumps of soil.

Cut off the stems right above soil level and then gently pry up the tubers with a shovel or a pitch fork. The tubers are rather delicate, so pry gently! Use your hand to carefully dust off the biggest clumps of soil.

Use a hose to spray the tuber clump clean! And look how many tubers I got on this baby!!! Looks like if they all save beautifully this one plant will give me about 15 tubers for next year :)

Use a hose to spray the tuber clump clean! And look how many tubers I got on this baby!!! Looks like if they all save beautifully this one plant will give me about 15 tubers for next year :)

Make sure you label your tubers so you know what you’re getting next year. Place them somewhere to dry for a 2-3 days. Mine are in my hoophouse, gently stacked in a bulb crate (I also hang mine). If drying in an out building or outside, don’t let them freeze.

Make sure you label your tubers so you know what you’re getting next year. Place them somewhere to dry for a 2-3 days. Mine are in my hoophouse, gently stacked in a bulb crate (I also hang mine). If drying in an out building or outside, don’t let them freeze.

What’s next?!

I’ll post “Dahlia Saving Part 2” next week when I divide and store my tubers for next spring. Stay tuned!