Dahlias are one of the most stunning flowering plants. If you love growing flowers, then dahlias are a great place to start. There are so many varieties that range from tall and lanky to short and stocky, mounding to single upright stalks. They come in colors ranging from white to yellow to almost every other color of the rainbow! These beautiful plants aren’t just eye candy though — they’re easy to grow too! Dahlias are often purchased from nurseries or garden centers as plants; the common dahlia is a perennial plant. However, there are some individuals who purchase dahlia tubers. The chances of growing dahlias from tubers is directly related to the variety of dahlia. Some varieties of dahlias grow as perennials and some will only grow once.
Dahlias are beautiful flowers that come in many colors and varieties. They can be planted in the garden where they will produce flowers for many seasons. However, dahlias can also be grown from tubers just like potatoes. With some care and attention, you can easily grow dahlia tubers into full blown plants.
How Do You Grow Dahlias From Tubers? You’ll need to start them indoors and store them for the winter. The tubers will send up multiple stems. If you want your blooms to be bushier, you can prune them. You can also bring them on indoors to grow in containers. Here’s how to start your tubers. They look like brown carrots, but you can’t tell them apart until you cut them off.
First, you’ll need to start by planting the tubers. You’ll find that they’re packed in peat moss. This should be kept cool and dark for several weeks. Dahlias have little buds called eyes on them. You’ll need to plant them individually or in clusters. When planting, place them about three inches deep. If you’re planting several tubers, you should water them thoroughly.
Dahlia tubers can be small or large, depending on the variety. If they’re small, they can be the size of a pinky. Remember that a bigger tuber doesn’t mean a bigger plant. The tubers nourish the plant until the plant grows three or four sets of leaves. After the first set of leaves, it’s the roots that keep the plant alive. Whether you grow them as a single tuber or a group, the size should be no more than the size of an AA battery.
Once you’ve planted the tubers, make sure to cover them with compost. Then, let the plants grow. You can add a heating pad to help the tubers grow faster. Depending on the climate of your area, the Dahlia will sprout eyes and start growing within a few weeks. If they’re too small, you can always replant them as they grow.
In general, dahlia tubers should be stored in a cool, dry place for the winter. During cold winters, they’ll die. You’ll need to wait until spring to harden the plants. However, you should not let the tubers freeze as this will cause the tubers to rot. Instead, you should let them dormant in a dark place for several months. If they’re already rooted, you can plant them in the garden and allow them to grow outdoors, they’ll be ready for you to see.
Depending on your climate, you can start your tubers indoors in late May and June. If you have a greenhouse, you can start your tubers in pots undercover in March. The tubers should be planted with their central stem facing up. Once the plants sprout and develop their leaves, the tubers should be planted in a sunny spot. During the summer months, Dahlias will bloom.
Dahlias grow best when they are properly cared for. After planting their tubers, you should place them in a sunny spot where they will receive optimal sunlight. You can divide them later when they’ve finished flowering. During the winter, you should keep the tubers below freezing. If you choose to store your dahlias, you can store them in a refrigerator until early summer. If you plan to plant them in the fall, you’ll need to start deadheading the flowers after they flower to ensure the plants’ health and beauty.
The tubers should be planted directly in the ground. The earlier you plant your dahlia tubers, the earlier they’ll bloom. During the winter, buy the tubers and wait for them to grow. If you don’t have a greenhouse, you can buy them online. You’ll need to wait until late summer to start growing the plants. A month or two will suffice.
You can purchase single dahlia tubers from a nursery. They will be separate from each other. When they’re mature, they’ll produce many blooms in a row. To grow them in a pot, you’ll need to plant them in the soil after the last frost. They’ll take about eight weeks to flower. The best time to plant them is in late fall, so the soil should be warm.