Tuesday, May 31, 2022


 The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its June meeting Thursday, June 2nd at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. LCDS member Camille N. will be giving a presentation on how to care for those newly sprouted dahlia plants. She will discuss all aspects of plant care including watering and fertilizing schedules. Bring your questions. We will also be holding our "last chance" dahlia tuber sale. There will be door prizes and free refreshments! The meeting is free and open to the public. Mask wearing will continue to be optional. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time L.C.D.S. member, we hope that you will join us!

Thursday, May 12, 2022


 LAST CHANCE TUBER SALE

When: Saturday, May 14th. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: The Bi-Mart Parking Lot, 1960 River Road, Eugene OR
Are you looking for a few more choice dahlia tubers to complete your garden? Then shop the LCDS's Last Chance Tuber Sale located in the Bi-Mart Parking Lot, on River Road. We will have dahlia tubers in all forms and colors. Tubers are just $4.00 each. Check or cash only please. Tell your family and friends and thank you ahead of time for supporting the Lane County Dahlia Society. Call for more information at ; Cheryle 541-954-9694 or Camille 541-337-0528.


Friday, May 6, 2022


 What: A Garden Extravaganza! - A dahlia tuber sale and plant sale held in conjunction with the Willamette District Garden Clubs

When: Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: The Parking Lot in front of Bi-Mart on River Road. The address is 1960 River Road.
The Lane County Dahlia Society has recently received a large donation of all new dahlia tubers. We will have 100's of varieties for sale in a great assortment of bloom sizes, colors, and forms. All tubers will sell for just $3.50 each. The Garden Clubs will be selling Perennial Planters and Garden Planters. Just in time for Mother's Day and the perfect time to get those new dahlia tubers in the ground. Please come early for the best election. We hope to see you there!
For more information, please call 541-337-0528 or 541-954-9694.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


 The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its May meeting Thursday, May 5th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. LCDS members Deb G., Sonia H., and Thomas P. will be hosting a roundtable discussion, sharing their varied experiences and perspectives on growing dahlias and getting them off to a heathy start. Bring your questions. There will also be door prizes and free refreshments! The meeting is free and open to the public. Mask wearing will continue to be optional. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time L.C.D.S. member, we hope that you will join us!

Sunday, April 3, 2022


 The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its April meeting Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. LCDS members Eugene K. and Lexa C. will present a wide range of topics for the Spring dahlia enthusiast. Eugene will talk about starting dahlias from seed and from cuttings. He will also walk us through the process of lifting and dividing your tubers in the Spring. Lexa will discuss laying out your dahlia garden and how to amend your soil. We will also review checking your over-wintered tubers and what specifically to look for. Bring your questions. There will also be door prizes and the return of free refreshments! The meeting is free and open to the public. Mask wearing will continue to be optional. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time L.C.D.S. member, we hope that you will join us!

Saturday, February 26, 2022


 We are thrilled to announce that the Lane County Dahlia Society will hold an in-person meeting Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. Our program for the evening will be the 2022 new dahlia introductions presentation. We will also be nominating our 2022 LCDC officers. But most importantly, we will be seeing each other in person for the first time in 2 years! We are so excited to see our members and friends once again.

Two important notes. While we have been away from the Celeste Campbell Center these past two years, the City of Eugene has completed an incredible renovation and expansion to the building. The new entrance to the building is now located on the West side (facing Skinner's Butte). Also, as this event is taking place indoors, masks will be required for all attendees.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

November - It's time to lift up those Dahlia Clumps


 

As we begin November, it is time for the dahlia grower to begin lifting and dividing their dahlia clumps. In a “normal” year, the November program at the Lane County Dahlia Society meeting would focus on this important task, with live demonstrations. Because of COVID restrictions however, we will not be able to hold our November meeting. Instead, we hope the following instructions will help you successfully complete this task.

1.       The first step involves cutting down the dahlia stalk of each plant. Be sure that you have every  plant correctly identified and labeled first. Then simply cut off the stalk 3-6” above the ground. This task is best done a few days before you wish to lift the clumps. This will allow the eyes on the tuber crown to swell, which in turn will make dividing the tubers much easier.

2.       To lift the clumps, dig on all four sides of the clump, about a foot out from the stem.  When the fours sides have loosened, carefully push the shovel under the clump and gently lift. Once the clump has been lifted, use a garden hose to remove most of the soil.

3.       Sterilize your tools before you begin dividing. A solution of one part bleach to ten parts water is a very low-cost answer that kills the dahlia virus. Then cut off the remaining stalk. Look for the eyes near the crown and begin dividing. Each individual tuber must have an eye to grow the following year. After you cut off each individual tuber, remove any remailing soil.

4.       After dividing and cleaning the individual tubers, many growers let the tuber soak in a bleach solution for 5-10 minutes. Then label each tuber with the variety name and let them fully dry.

5.       After the individual tubers have dried, they are ready to be stored. There are several different storage methods, including wrapping the tubers in saran wrap or storing them in individual plastic boxes, filled with vermiculite or cedar shavings. No matter which method you choose, be sure once again that your tubers are clearly labeled.

6.       The last step is to house your carefully stored tubers in a location that is no warmer that 50 degrees but also will not dip below freezing all winter. Then you can sit back and enjoy the restful days of Winter.

 

·         For more in-depth instruction, we recommend visiting the American Dahlia Society web page at Digging, Dividing, and Storing Tubers – The American Dahlia Society