It's getting cold outside! If you haven't dug up your dahlia tubers, now is the time! Our Summer 2020 Box featured guest, Jesalyn Pettigrew of Mossy Gate Farm, talked us through the ins and outs of dahlias, including how to care for them once the growing season is over. Here's a fresh recap about what to do with those dahlia tubers during the winter, as well as how and when to divide them for next year.
Watch the video below, or if you can't listen right now, scroll down to read her tips for caring for those spent dahlias.
Cutting Back Dahlias
Wait until the first frost to kill your dahlia before cutting it down. You'll look out at your garden and see it turn brown and start falling apart within hours.
Cut it down short so you have a handle at the base. If you leave it in the ground over winter, you do risk losing the plant. In mild climates you can sometimes get away with this. Jesalyn recommended digging it up and storing it for the winter, especially those...
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Before we dive in, you might want to check out our recent blog post about tips for cutting flowers out of your garden. I know everyone's yards in my neighborhood are bursting with color and run right now, so you've probably got something pretty right in your own garden that you can use for arranging.
Now back to business! Here are my top five that made the cut:
Dahlias: the showstopper
I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, where dahlias are a bit fussy to grow. It’s possible, but you have to treat them as an annual or dig them up at the end of the season and store the tubers over winter, without letting them dry out....