Digging up Dahlias for Winter Storage is easy. Just grab your favorite shovel and get started. I show you how I dig Dahlias up then how I store them for winter.
Easy Dig up Dahlias for Winter Storage.
We finally got out first frost and my dahlias are done. Time for me to dig them up and pack them away for cozy winter slumber in my basement. Digging up Dahlias for Winter storage is not hard at all.
The Dahlia leaves are all shriveled up and blackened from the frost. Now, you are not required to wait until first frost if you want to take them up sooner. I just enjoyed them until the end. We have had a warm Fall and they were still blooming fully when one night dropped below freezing.
Here is the area at the base of this dahlia. I cut off the stems to about 12 inches many times to leave me enough to grab. If they haven’t grown too close together I don’t bother cutting them back. That is why the photos look different than in the video.
Dig up Dahlias
Start the shovel back a good 6 to 8 inches from the stem so you don’t cut into any tubers that may have grown out that far.
Dig down and lift gently getting a feel for how much heft it will take to lift the clump. If the Dahlias have a lot of healthy growth the bunch of tubers can get quite heavy.
Thankfully my soil is loose and crumbly and they clump pulls up fairly easily.
Work around the clump a little at a time and pull on the stems.
Dislodge Excess Soil
Once they pop out of the ground give them a good shake to knock off the excess soil.
Dig around a bit to be sure you have got all the tubers.
In the video I show you how I spray off the soil. The Dahlias in the front garden had soil that was wetter and it clung to the tubers rather than dust off so using the hose was easier.
This is a rather small clump you get a better idea of larger ones in the video.
Watch the video if you want to see how I pack them up for Winter Storage.
I bought some of my Dahlias from Costco, Longfield Gardens was the supplier, they have a great Dahlia care article here.