Jump Starting Dahlia Tubers+ Leafari Review

I got a package in the mail today, and of course, I couldn’t wait to open it. Dahlias! Finally! I ordered quite a few dahlias this year from several different places. The first parcel to have arrived is from Leafari – and I won’t lie, it was pretty disappointing. I’m not sure if Leafari is a new company, but I first discovered it when I was specifically on a search for “Wizard of Oz” dahlias. I couldn’t find them anywhere else, so I made an order. In normal fashion, I checked the reviews on Dave’s Garden, and all seemed to be well.

Fast forward to delivery day, I can’t help but feel like there’s a lot of be desired. Though reasonably priced, the quality is absolutely not what I had expected. Every single clump of tubers was damaged in some way, and one was disgustingly rotten. After a long week, I honestly don’t feel like reaching out to customer service. I decided to just plant them up and hope for the best. I’ve had moderate success with damaged goods in the past, so I haven’t completely lost hope, yet. Well, aside from the rotten one. I don’t think it’s going to grow. I’m honestly not sure I’ll ever order from Leafari again. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with these tubers. Now, onto the process of potting these tubers up to get them growing.

The tubers were packaged without any medium. No sawdust or anything? Just a bag with a sad looking tuber inside…
I’m bothered by the fact that there’s no information about each plant. What color is it? How tall is it? What size are the blooms? When do I plant?
The neck portion of every single tuber is damaged. It’ll be interesting to see if anything grows. I have low expectations.

 

When starting growth on dahlia tubers, there are a few options. You can simply plant them into the garden after the last chance of frost and wait for them to grow, or start the growth indoors. I personally never just “plant and grow” because I have so many slugs in the yard waiting to devour the tiny dahlia shoots. Some folks pot them up into containers on a heat mat and with grow lights. However, I’ve never done that. I simply don’t have the resources. This is the part where our recycled bottles come in!

 

If you’re familiar with the winter sowing method, the process is basically the same. Find a milk jug or two-liter bottle. Add drainage holes to the bottom, and then cut around the center of the container leaving only a small portion that acts as a hinge to open and close the bottle.

Plant the tuber in the bottle and place outside. Ideally, your soil mix should be moist. I just usually use something simple, and readily available, like miracle grow or an organic potting mix. I place the bottles outside during the spring when the weather has already started to warm. This is especially important, as dahlias are sensitive to cold. Remember, wet and cold causes rot. We don’t want rot. If a frost is predicted, be sure to protect the containers with plastic or a frost blanket.

 

As the days continue to warm, this will trigger the dahlia tuber to begin growing. These tubers are perfect for taking early season dahlia cuttings to make more plants.

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6 thoughts on “Jump Starting Dahlia Tubers+ Leafari Review

  1. Hey,

    First off your blog is amazing – I have sweet peas growing thanks to you! I’ve loved reading it for months 🙂

    I’ve ordered crocus bulbs from leafari before which arrived with excellent packaging and the bulbs were in really great condition – so it’s really weird and disappointing that yours arrived in such a bad state (note, I have absolutely no links to the company). As you say, receiving a bad package after a long week is frustrating and doesn’t make you want to find extra effort to complain, but maybe it is worth sending them a short note and they could send you a replacement? Then again, it is extra effort.

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  2. I wouldn’t give up hope on those dahlias. I work with another bulb company and you would be surprised what sprouts from the worst looking Dutch pot cluster type dahlias… the tubers we don’t send to customers 🙂 I’ve started thinking that the danglers are like the arms and legs and as long as there is a sort of torso under the dried stem, it should sprout for you. I hope it all works out… good luck!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that! I really hope these grow because I was so excited to find a few of the varieties in stock! Lol. Thanks for stopping by! 🌱🌱🌱

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