dahlia's received frost last night

adair_2008April 30, 2008

I covered them with a tarp I guess I needed more...Do i need to dig the tubers out ? Or just cut the frozen dead part off and put them in a warmer place?

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ianna(Z5b)

Leave them be. Just tent cover with weighed down newspapers and they will be fine.

Do the same with any annuals you've already set out.

Ianna

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 4:50PM
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adair_2008

I cut off the frozen shoots,and from what I researched they may come back !!! I Will Never think that by putting a tarp on them will save them again. They are indoors till all threat of frost has passed in the containers

Have a great week !!!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 9:22PM
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ianna(Z5b)

They usually recover from frosts with good enough frost covers (a simple tent or a plastic dome helps). In anycase, it's not the stems that you should be concerned with but it's corms which should be protected with mulch.

I have had mine out for over 3 weeks now with no problem. digging them out after they've started to produce roots interrupts their progress. In anycase, I'm sure your dahlias will recover.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 10:23AM
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kinglemuelswife(3)

Hi! I planted my dahlias out early, too and (thankfully) covered them with light "tupperware" containers. They usually do a great job in fall even after a few hard frosts in my garden here, so I'm sure yours will recover as long as the corms weren't killed. Hope it works out!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 4:46PM
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