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

 


Sunday, May 31, 2020



LAST CHANCE TUBER SALE

When: Sunday, June 7th.  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: The Corner Market  295 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 just outside the Corner Market on River Road. We will have 100's of dahlia varieties in all forms and colors. Tubers are just $3.00 each and there will be a limited number of potted dahlia plants for sale at $5.00 each. Social distancing rules will be followed at the sale. 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, January 31, 2020

March Meeting


The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its March meeting Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. LCDS members Eugene K. and Sonia H. will present a wide range of tips to consider when growing and showing dahlias. Eugene will also talk about starting dahlias from seed as well as checking on your overwintered tubers and what to look for. Sonia will explain the secrets of planning your dahlia garden and what you can do this Spring in preparation. Cheryle H. will display some bowls for floating dahlias, whether at home or for exhibition. Bring your questions! There will also be door prizes and free refreshments provided. The meeting is free and open to the public. Whether you are a first time visitor or a long time member, we hope you will join us.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

October Meeting


The October meeting of the Lane County Dahlia Society will be held on Thursday, October 3rd., at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. Please join us as we celebrate our favorite flower as the growing season nears its end. This month's program will feature LCDS member Eugene Kenyon, owner of River's Dahlias. Eugene will talk about the end of the dahlia season and how he prepares his dahlias for the first frost. He will also touch on dahlia seed collecting. Learn how you can successfully save seed from your plants. We are also encouraging all LCDS members and guests to bring dahlia blooms from your gardens. This will be a great opportunity to share a bit of this year's dahlia garden with the group and also begin formulating ideas for next year's garden too. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. As always, the meeting is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Friday, September 6, 2019

56th Annual Dahlia Show



56th Annual Dahlia Show 

Where: Wheeler Pavilion, Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

When: Saturday, September 14th, Noon - 6:00 PM

            Sunday, September 15th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come help the Lane County Dahlia Society celebrate its 56th Annual Show. There will be hundreds of dahlia varieties on display, exhibited by dozens of growers from all over the Pacific Northwest. There will be an information booth staffed by LCDS members ready to answer all of your questions and free handouts too. Just outside the Wheeler Pavilion is a dahlia garden tended by LCDS members. Bring your camera and your questions and prepare to be amazed at the display. Admission is free! We will see you there!

Monday, September 2, 2019

September Meeting


The Lane County Dahlia Society will hold its September meeting on Thursday, September 5th at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. This month's meeting will focus on how to enter a dahlia bloom into a dahlia show. We will discuss how to improve bloom quality on your plants, how to safely transport blooms to the show, and demonstrate how to stage a 1-bloom and 3-bloom entry. We will also have a demonstration on how to float a dahlia bloom and will hear how to gather all of the materials that you will need. We will have the new Show Books to distribute and will give a quick talk on how to read the Show Book and understand it. Limited amounts of foam will be for sale. We also encourage all members to bring some dahlia blooms for our "show-and-tell". The meeting is free and open to the public. Free refreshments and door prizes will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, July 26, 2019

August Meeting



The August meeting of the Lane Country Dahlia Society will be held Thursday, August 1st at 7:30 PM at the Celeste Campbell Center, 155 High Street, Eugene. We are so excited that this month's speaker will be Wayne Lobaugh of Lobaugh's Dahlias in Washington State. Wayne is an expert dahlia grower, exhibitor, and hybridizer. His topic for our meeting will be "Hybridizing Open Centered Dahlias". Wayne has introduced many wonderful open centered dahlias such as RaeAnn's Peach and Apopa Beauty. His talk is sure to be a fascinating look into his methods for creating these wonderful new varieties. We will also have our regular dahlia "show-and-tell" and we encourage members and non-members alike to bring in blooms to share. As always, admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments served. We look forward to seeing you there!