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NOTE: the dahlia eye in the right hand photo below is more developed than those on most dahlia roots we ship. Our dahlias are held in cold storage (38 degrees), where temperatures and humidity are controlled to discouraging premature eye development. The dahlia in the right photo was kept in a warm potting room for 10 days; the eye has swollen and started to develop.
If you've purchased dahlias from retail stores previously, those tubers have been held at room temperature and often have visible eyes. Frequently, they also have pale, leggy shoots that break with handling and planting, which is obviously better avoided.
The eyes on most of the dahlia clumps we ship won't be visible. This is NOT grounds for concern. This is by design, to prevent damage to the tender eyes prior to planting.
Your dahlia's eyes will appear with the addition of warmth and a little (not much!) moisture, when you've planted the tuber clump.
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