Monday, March 9, 2009

Dahlia Q & A with Susan

Our horticulturist Susan gets asked a common question every season about Dahlias. When people see that we sell Dahlia seeds, they're a little confused. Usually you'll find bulbs at your local gardening center, but not seeds, so what gives ?

Susan says many gardeners plant their dahlias from tuberous roots that are widely sold and plant them out once the weather has warmed up. However, you can also sow dahlia seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before your last frost. Harden them off and transplant them outdoors once the weather has warmed up and the risk for frost has passed.

These plants will flower in the first year and produce tuberous roots just like the ones you see for sale at your local nursery. Just be sure to dig them up once the cold weather arrives in the fall and store them in a frost-free location over the winter.

Happy Gardening!

1 comment:

  1. That's very interesting. I didn't know the seeds would eventually produce tuberous roots. It all makes sense now. Thanks for the post!