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Leaving Dahlias in ground over winter

Posted by MidwifeLiz 6A (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 8, 11 at 10:21

I live about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, right along the Delaware River in beautiful Bucks county. For years now I dig up my dahlias to store in the basement over winter and replant in the spring. But as a test I have left one plant in the ground and it comes back every year and this year has already bloomed by the fourth of July!

Do y'all think it would be possible to leave my dahlias in the ground for now on? That one plant has come back for 3 years now. Any thoughts?


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RE: Leaving Dahlias in ground over winter

Why not try more?
Digging and dividing dahlias is hard work! If they do freeze, replacements can be easily bought. How much is your time worth?
Some hints: Be sure to mulch the plants with several inches of compost or dry leaves. Make sure they are not in a wet area as they will rot in cold, wet soil. Consider digging them in the Spring every few years and dividing the large clumps. As clumps get too large, they send up too many sprouts and the plants will become too crowded an be spindly. Be sure to control slugs and snails in the Spring as they will lay eggs on the clumps and the hatchlings will eat the sprouts before they come up. By the way, you can easily move clumps around in the Spring and they will do fine when re-planted.

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