Hi and thank you so much for creating this forum, Margaret! I am looking forward to gaining from the wisdom of other more experienced gardeners and enjoying gardening more and more as I learn! My question is about the dahlia tubers I bought last weekend at a’Seedy Saturday’ event. I bought a half dozen each of Minnesota and September Morn. I thought I understood how to plant them up (they came in baggies of vermiculite) but now that I look at them, I can’t distinguish where the eyes are (these are supposed to be planted facing upwards about 3″ below the surface or so I understand). I went looking on google for images and learned that no eyes means roots but no plants… I hope I’m just missing them!
Thanks for any suggestions about how to increase the odds of roots + plants!
Hi Anne, Don’t be discouraged yet, sometimes those eyes are really hard to spot. If you can’t distinguish which end has the eyes, your best bet is to plant them about 3″ down on their sides. The tubers will ‘know’ which way is up, and won’t have any trouble bending around in that direction. Let us know how they do.
Yay! Thank you so much… that’s what I ended up doing… so will keep my fingers crossed and update you soon, I hope!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.