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Anitra

Seattle WA (Zone 8)
Posts: 38
Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:25 pm   Post subject: What do I do with dahlias for the winter?


We were given a couple of containers for the garden, with dahlias, gladioli, and various annuals. The gladioli have long since fallen over and I cut them back for the winter. Most of the dahlias, however, keep putting out new leaves -- some of them are even putting out new buds. Our last bloom was just a couple of weeks ago.

Should I just let the dahlias keep going until they finally give up on their own, or should I cut them back now so the bulbs can save their energy for spring?

And can I leave the dahlia and gladioli bulbs in the pot for the winter, or should I dig them up and store them indoors?

Thanks for any advice!




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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:04 am   


Anitra, after the frost kills off the tops I dig mine up and store them in my crawlspace for the winter. They are usually just stored in a box or milk crate. I pot them back up in the spring.
I've had the same ones for 4 years now and they are all OK.

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Anitra

Seattle WA (Zone 8)
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Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:55 am   


Thank you, Netty. I've decided not to fret over them, just sit back and see how long they last. Smile

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vtgardener
Northern Vermont
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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:51 pm   


Oh, we're buried in snow now so I hope you dug up those gladiola's and dahlias and brought them indoors. I store mine in a box or bags along with the canna's and in April I will pot them up and put them under grow lights. This gives them a headstart for when they go into the ground the last of May.

I know some people who treat them like annuals and leave them in the ground to die. I suppose if you don't have storage room...and you didn't pay much...

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