How to Dig Up and Store Your Dahlia Tubers for Winter

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Dahlias are beautiful flowers that can brighten up any garden. But if you live in a cold climate, you'll need to dig up and store your dahlia tubers for the winter.

1. Wait until the first frost has passed. - This is important because if you dig up your dahlia tubers too early, they may not have had enough time to store up enough energy to survive the winter.

2. Dig up the tubers with a fork or shovel.

3. Shake off the excess soil - You can do this by gently tapping the tubers on a hard surface.

4. Cut off the stems, leaving about 2 inches of stem attached to the tuber. This will help to prevent the tubers from drying out.

5. Let the tubers dry for a few days in a cool, shady spot. This will help to harden the skin of the tubers and prevent them from rotting.

6. Store the tubers in a container filled with peat moss or sand to keep the tubers moist and prevent them from drying out.

7. Keep the container in a cool, dark place. The ideal temperature for storing dahlia tubers is 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live in a warm climate, you may be able to leave your dahlia tubers in the ground over winter. However, you will need to protect them from frost by covering them with a thick layer of mulch.

Dahlia tubers can be stored for up to 6 months. However, it is best to plant them as soon as possible in the spring.

I hope these tips help you to dig up and store your dahlia tubers for winter. With a little care and attention, your dahlias will survive the winter and be ready to bloom again next spring!

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