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Dahlias - To Lift or not to Lift? Once a frost hits a dahlia bed like the one on the right is quickly turned into the scene shown below. It’s at this stage that you need to start taking action to store or protect the tubers. Then  a thick layer of straw was placed over the dahlia plants. The straw was fluffed up and pulled apart to allow air around the plants and among the blanket of straw. As our soil is very heavy clay and one of the problems could be that the tubers become so wet that they rot, the final task was to cover the whole thing with thick black plastic. The above video has a sound commentary so make sure that you have your sound turned on! Growing Flowers To Growing Flowers Menu Page