Most of the questions we get are about clumps. Why clumps? Our mini-clumps have multiple small so called ‘fingers’ attached to a tiny neck that hosts several dormant eyes. You can be sure that your tubers will have at least one, but probably more than one eye. One plant will produce multiple stalks during the first growing year, increasing the productivity of your crop.
You can plant the whole clump, no need to divide further. You could try splitting larger clumps into smaller sections, depending on the variety; some dahlias make larger tubers than others. We recommend leaving the clump intact for the first growing season. Before planting, make sure that any clipped or cut surfaces have completely healed over. Plant with the neck-part facing upward, just a few inches below the surface.
Our dahlia clumps are imported from Holland and stored in Vermont at 42F and 80% humidity. They are not processed overseas or packed in bulk. We handpick, label and package them here because we want to see each product before it goes out to you. We make sure the tubers don’t dry out, freeze or get damaged during transportation.
Shipping tuber clumps is more expensive than shipping single tubers, because they are larger and heavier and take up more space and weight when shipping. We can fit about 10-12 tubers in a large USPS flat rate box, as opposed to 25-30 single tubers for the same size box.
All our tubers and bulbs are inspected twice a year by the VAAFM. Dahlias can be ordered from November through May, and will ship in the Spring.