The dahlia tuber sale is coming up in Early April, so keep an eye out. I am starting to wake my dahlias up a little earlier this year - just trying it out, to see if speeds up my processing them. I normally don’t start dividing until mid to late March, but I am trying something new. I prefer to wait and list my tubers for sale once I know what I have at the end of winter. There is nothing worse than finding out in April that a variety is unavailable, after you planned for it.
Dahlias are a huge investment in time, digging, dividing, storing every year…and then they bloom kin med July to Canadian Thanksgiving here, and you forget how much work they really are, while you marvel at their beauty and variety! I always say will try to narrow down the varieties or grow fewer dahlias but it never works!
Spring bulbs truly initiate our season for us, followed by Peonies and Ranunculus, Calla Lillies and then Dahlias, Sunflowers and Asters (this year). Dahlias are our Main Focal Flower in August, September and October, and sometimes in a good year mid July! This means that a lot of time and real estate are devoted to these beauties. We use dahlias in our Bouquet Subscriptions and Market Bouquets as well as wedding flowers.
I have to admit I love raised beds for dahlias, and it has been a blessing, with 2017 flooding this area as it did. They really are fairly easy to grow otherwise. I find that the white ones are the most susceptible to pest damage - bugs I mean. Treatment of them is very particular, with fine mesh bags over the buds. it is time consuming but the payoff is worth the trouble.
This year I will be collecting more dahlia seeds in order to start my own seedlings. I will have separate bed specifically for ‘My’ varieties for this purpose. I am crossing my fingers for some interesting seedlings to be produced in 2020.