How to Plant Sprouting Dahlia Tubers

If you received tubers that started growing long stems looking for light in your mailing package, do not fret. You can get two or three extra plants from your tuber by planting the stems separately, plus plant the healthy tuber. A tuber sprouting with growth is always good news. Recently I found a box of…

Saving a Dahlia Tuber with Rot

Maybe, just maybe, you ordered Dahlia tubers and left them in the plastic bag in the box they came in. Months pass and you discover this “buried treasure.” Horrors. Some are mushy. Wailing. What to do? First get them out of the bags as fast as you can and check each tuber. Air. These tubers…

My First Dahlia

This post should be titled, “First Dahlia Fail.” Oh, don’t get me wrong. The dahlia grew and bloomed. It was what happened right after the first flowers were presented. We had moved to a quiet development with a big backyard. It was a sea of grass punctuated with two lilac bushes, and a mock orange….

Potash for Dahlias

When we were kids, planting the freshly-plowed-garden was a Spring ritual we all looked forward to. Gardening was instilled early in us kids. If I caught the gardening bug, it was then. Potato planting always involved buckets of ashes. My Dad would dig a hole, put in a small scoop of ashes,  add the cut-up…