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over wintering in pots

Posted by passion_for_flowers IL. z5 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 26, 07 at 22:34

I was wondering if you could over winter dahlia's in the pots that I got them in? They are in half gallon/gallon black pots. Could they just be left in and cut back then put in the basement for the winter?
Also I have one in a decrotive pot that is read leaf and was wondering if I could just let it keep growing in that all winter in a sunny window? I would bring it in before we had a frost.

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RE: over wintering in pots

I doubt you could get the soil in the pots dry enough to keep the tuber without killing the dahlia. I wouldn't try it. As for the one you want to bring inside, it will probably get very leggy and not bloom much, but you could keep it trimmed when it does get leggy and keep it alive. Be sure to "harden" it off gradually when you take it back outside in the spring.

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