Small Dahlia Tubers

ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

Hi all I dug up some Dahlia Tubers today to clear my beds. The ones I grew from seed are lovely and fat but the ones I bought as cheap bedding plants are very small.

Is it worth trying to keep any of these?




  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Why not keep them? If you look after them over winter, and pot them up in a cold frame or greenhous in spring, they will come back. Even small tubers will produce lovely plants next year.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,929

    It is worth keeping them, must have stems or shoots though. Just think, bedding dahlias are grown from seed so how small were they at the start of the year!

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I was wondering more than anything if they will keep over the Winter being so small.

    Glad to hear that they will produce lovely plants even being that small image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    and they all have a piece of stem each image

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Definitely worth keeping and they'll be twice that size next autumn.

  • Snap Mattbeer, done the same job myself today today. image wrapped in newspaper and placed in the shed.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Im letting them dry first then gonna wrap them up in newspaper. I'll then stick them in the cupboard under the sink in the unheated downstairs loo which can get very chilly in Winter :P

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,870

    Just as long as it's dry and there's no chance of it freezing in there.  

    I was taught to dry them with the stalk pointing downwards so any sap etc drained out of the hollow stem to avoid any chance of rot.

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    yea thats what I was told too Dove. They arent vertical but the stems are pointing down enough so anything will drain out of it image

    and they wont freeze in the toilet but my behind will when I sit on it on a cold morning before work!

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156


     i got  3 trays of  6 for 30p  . bargin  

  • Hi I have a large amount of dahlias ands some times get small tubers like this and I still keep them and in fact they are better than the larger ones caus they have less shoots make bigger bigger and healthier plants 


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,929

    Hello Cody, thanks for the tip, good to know. Hope you had a good Christmas.

  • Hope you had a good christmas to Busy Lizzie 

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Cool. I think I left mine to dry for too long and they ended up getting mouldy image

    Lesson learnt for next year. I think I'll just leave them in their pots or in the ground with some mulch.

    and happy christmas to you too image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I learnt that lesson already Verdun :P

    But I didnt lose anything as they were grown from seed and the other ones were all freebies from work image

    I had a great season out of them

  • All depends if you liked them or not.


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