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You will notice we have included a two page Growing Dahlias info sheet. Here we have answered some of the questions we get all the time about what to do next, now that your order has arrived. You should read the information pages careful as your first step.
Then you should open the plastic bag to ensure there is a proper amount of moisture for your tuber. You now have to know what you want to do with your tuber to go to the next applicable section.
1. Do you still have time to wait before planting and want to hold your tuber till then?
2. Do you want to pot up your tuber to start its growth with the intentions of planting it out in a few weeks?
3. Do you want to pot up your tuber to sprout it so you can take cuttings?
It is very important that you report any issues with your tubers within 24 hours of your shipment arriving. This way we know it was unpacked as we have suggested. Only if the problem is reported in this timeframe will we support a full refund.
The simple answer is to keep your tuber in a cool space between 4 and 7 degrees C and in the dark while you wait for your planting time. You can keep it in the plastic and vermiculite we sent it in, but do not seal the bag, and check every couple of days to make sure the tuber doesn't need anything.
The best way to take cuttings is to shallow plant your tuber so it remains covered in soil up to the neck but leaving the eyes open and accessible early sprouts or leaves so you can easily cut them and replant.
That's true, we only clean off enough of our tubers to inspect it for any rot or damage when we bring them in the field. we are practicing water conservation and over the last four seasons see no difference in the storage or regrowth of any tubers.
what a great situation to be in! you can plant it as is, take cuttings from the weaker shoots or simple cut them off and let the plant develop with the strongest stems growing.
This most likely was the case, we intentionally cut it off if: it was a tangled mess around other tubers even though it has stable crown and neck and was showing a viable eye, or had been damaged when we dug it up in the fall.
Any tuber we send you we feel comfortable that it will grow. tubers only need about an inch or two of tuber mass to provide enough energy to produce a hearty plant. In many cases we intentionally cut off the ends of large tubers to promote better plants and tuber development.
We only pack tuber that we feel will give you strong hearty plants. Different varieties of Dahlias provide different size tubers, and of course there are a lot of environmental factors that help determine size. The good news is a tuber only needs to be about the size of a AA battery to give you a strong plant. The tuber only provides the initial energy the plant needs to get a few sets of leaves going and after that the plant begins to form new tubers and storing energy. The opposite is true as well, too big of a tuber can be a problem and you will find we often cut these tubers to only the size needed by the plant. Otherwise, we jeopardize the plants ability to produce new tubers for storing energy and the plant is usually weaker due to its reliance on its own energy source.
For you tuber to wake up from it's winter nap and begin to grow it needs a few things, warmth, we store our tubers at a pretty constant 6 degrees C but they can begin to wake around 12 to 15 degrees. growing sprouts is what they do, but a light source is needed for healthy roots, so in dim light like inside our packaging they can be white or almost translucent, but they can be green or pink and red as well.
When you tuber gets to it's final spot in your garden the sprouts will all become strong stems regardless of what colour they are.
Don't panic! We wouldn't send you a tuber we didn't think will grow.
If you are reedy to plant in your garden, plant the tuber in about 4 inches of soil. only after three to five weeks of being buried and given proper moisture will you know if your tuber is not going to perform for you.
If you intend to take cuttings, look for that question and answer elsewhere in the FAQ section.
Tubers have been in storage a 4 degrees C for the last four and half months or so, when you wake them up and they start to consume themselves for energy to produce a plant they will require some watering. Whether in pots or in the field your tuber needs very little moisture to stay hydrated in order to smoothly move into producing leaves and stems.
We suggest a fine mist until the leaves begin to emerge.
The tubers do best in warm soil, and kept watered enough that they don't simply use the energy stored in the tuber but want to send sprouts thorough to the surface.
Heat mats are not needed, and more often that not will lead to unintentional drying of the tuber while in the pot or tray. Ideally the tuber is kept at room temperature, but if you use heat mats for this, it is best to have them on a thermostat to prevent overheating and drying out your tubers.