Dahlia Growing Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of Dahlia growing, we think you’re going to like it here!

On arrival - Check your tubers for damages in the post and notify us immediately if you discover a problem. Store your dahlia tubers in a cool, well ventilated and dry place until it’s time to plant them.

Please note that we are sending out dormant tubers in 2023. Here on our farm we do not store tubers that we don't see eyes on for posting to customers. If you don't spot an eye, please don't worry!! Even seasoned growers can find it difficult to spot eyes when tubers are dormant. Tubers come in a wide range of wacky shapes and sizes, as long as your tuber does not appear to have a broken neck* - it is a viable tuber. (*Some tubers don't have necks - just big bodies and a smidge of crown.) Some tubers may have been cut in half and treated with sulphur powder on larger cuts, some may look wrinkly, some will be dirty, some will be washed. They are all equally viable :)


The ideal place to store your tubers is in a garden shed, garage, or unheated storage space where you can check on them periodically to make sure they aren’t drying out too much. An ideal storage medium for tubers is dry potting mix / vermiculite or coco peat coir in a styrofoam box with lid off / slightly open.

Growing Dahlias is as easy as 1 - 2 -3!

Step 1 - Plant your tubers on their side with eyes facing up 10cm - 15cm deep after danger of frost has passed, and wait until you see leaves emerge before watering.

Step 2 - When you have 2 true sets of leaves or your plant is 10cm - 20cm high, pinch the top set of leaves off your plant to encourage side shoots. More shoots = more flowers!

Step 3 - Enjoy! Remember to cut your flowers regularly to encourage more blooms.

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