Dahlias are an outstanding landscape plant with gorgeous summer flowers that can last until late fall. They come in an array of colors and can be very expensive to purchase already leafed out in nurseries.
Dormant Dahlia tubers that have not put out growth for the year can be purchased online and at nurseries and are easy to plant on your own.
Large tubers can be transplanted into the garden two weeks before the last expected frost. Small tubers and seedlings must not be transplanted until two weeks after the last spring frost.
Things you will need: A round pointed shovel. That’s it.
Dig a hole approximately a shovel head wide and a shovel deep.
Remove the Dahlia from the packaging and find the portion of the tuber that should be pointed up with the dormant buds or eyes.
Place the Dahlia tuber in the hole about 6-8 inches deep and cover with soil. Having dug deeper than this add a little soil back in.
Firm the soil with your hands or feet.
Consider spreading some mulch such as wood chips or bark over the disturbed soil to help keep down weeds and reduce watering needs in the summer. You’re set to go. You will see new growth emerging from the soil in late summer.
About the Author:
Jonathan Aflatooni is exceptionally passionate about plants and landscaping. Since a young age his Mom gave him the gift of working with plants and landscapes and it grew on him ever since. Along with his brothers they own and operate a landscape maintenance and installation company called Blacklotus Landscaping LLC and have been in business for over 5 years now. Hope to share some more practical advice and insights with everyone in the near future.