Fall is a good time to take pictures of your dahlia flowers and check the names on your dahlia labels to make sure they are correct. Keep the names with the tubers when you dig them up for winter storage. (See “How to Grow Dahlias” for more details.)
In February, make a list of all of your dahlia tubers you might be able to sell. Give the list to Paul Bloomquist. Paul will use the list to pull the picture cards that are placed on the sale tables. Include all possible varieties in the list. If you don’t have them available when you bag them up, don’t worry about it. If you don’t include them on the list, there may not be a place on the table with a picture card for them to be sold.
Request dahlia labels from Ed Thompson. He will have a barcode inserted in the labels that will show the seller number. All standard tubers will be $6 in 2022. New introductions have a higher price tag. Our cash registers have barcode readers attached to them.
Add a photo to your bag after you attached the label from Ed. Make sure if you use staples that the staple does not go through the label. Attach the label to the bag on a flat surface before you fill them. Take each of your tubers with eyes and put them into the labeled plastic sandwich bag, with a small amount of pearlite or shavings.
The day of the sale sellers will need to arrive at 7 AM to place the tubers on the sales tables. Someone will show you where put the tubers on the tables. At the end of the day, all sellers will need to pick up their tubers that did not sell and help tear down the tables. The seller receives half of the sales and the other half goes back to the club. The proceeds that the club receives pay for the rental of Bloedel Donovan Park. Sellers are responsible for reporting their income from the sale if they earn over $600.