What do I do with dahlias for the winter?

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  1. Anitra

    Anitra New Seed

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    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!
     
  2. Netty

    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    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 New Seed

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