November 15, 2019

Digging up Dahlia Tubers for Storage

If you live anywhere but the warmest regions of the United States, it’s time to dig up and store those precious dahlia tubers.

When in bloom, dahlias provide some of the garden's biggest and most spectacular flowers in many different sizes, forms, and colors. This year, my dahlias were especially productive - I made dozens of arrangements for my home. However, native to Mexico, dahlias are not winter-hardy and tend to split in freezing temperatures or mold in soggy, wet soil. This week at my Bedford, New York farm, my gardeners dug up all the dahlia tubers, so they could be stored indoors for the cold season.

Here is our step-by-step process. Enjoy these photos.