|Preparing dahlia tubers for shipping.|
Shipping dahlias is done according to planting zones to ensure that your tubers continue in storage in optimal conditions until shortly before the soil in your area is warm enough for planting dahlias. If you live in Florida, Hawaii or Texas, and you ordered early, chances are you already have your tubers; shipping began March 1 to those states.
Dahlia tubers are probably on the road now, just after mid-March, to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. And if you live in any of those states and are just now ordering dahlia tubers, they'll be sent straightaway.
|Growing luscious dahlias like Audrey Grace begins |
with careful calculation of the best date to begin
But since soil and weather conditions vary within the various zones, be sure your soil is ready before planting your dahlias. Don't plant until danger of hard frost is past, and if it's been unusually wet, hold off for a week or so until the soil dries out, and be sure your planting area is well drained. Not sure when to plant dahlias in your area? Check with your local chapter of the American Dahlia Society; you can likely find a nearby chapter online.