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If you are lucky there will be a few final Dahlia blooms in your garden this season but it is time to plan for digging and storing your tubers for winter.

Check out SEMDS YouTube video on DIGGING, DIVIDING , and STORING Dahlia Tubers

Preparing/Storing Tubers over Winter Tip Sheet

If in doubt, throw it out!  Learn more about Dahlia viruses from ADS

SEMDS Meeting

Date:  Saturday, October 06, 2018

Time:  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location:  Telly’s Greenhouse at the Barn       3301 John R., Troy, Michigan

Live demonstration on digging, dividing, and storing tubers for the winter.

Insects and Disease

Discourage disease by keeping dahlia foliage as dry as possible. Water deeply once or twice a week, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out in between. Clip off the bottom 12” of foliage to encourage good air circulation.

Slugs and snails love eating young dahlia foliage. Sluggo Plus is an effective organic control when it is applied early and refreshed often. Earwigs are another troublesome dahlia pest. Like slugs and snails, they prefer cool, moist conditions and can damage buds, flowers and foliage. Keep the area around your dahlias clear of spent flowers and foliage, and avoid using leaves or straw as mulch. This will give earwigs fewer places to hide and breed.


February Meeting

Date:   Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time:   3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location:  Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Meeting Topic:  Learn about starting your Dahlia tubers indoors.  Gary Polenychko and Mary Lynn Cook will show you the methods they use to start Dahlias indoors to get an early start on the growing season.  Discussion will feature warming up the tubers you have in storage, getting the tubers you ordered this winter ready for planting, potting indoors, and getting ready to plant outside.