Gardening Australia

Q DO I HAVE TO DIG UP DAHLIA TUBERS EACH YEAR IN MELBOURNE?

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Karen, Botanic Ridge, Vic

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While Melbourne’s climate may seem dismally wet and cold, it’s not a patch on English winters, where it’s now popular to leave dahlia tubers in situ. Instead of digging them up, prune stems to just above the ground and cover them with a very thick layer of compost before inserting a stick to remind you where they are. Dig up and divide them every three years.

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