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Anybody leaving their dahlias/hibiscus outside this Winter?

Posted by pulldownclaw 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 15, 06 at 10:43

Hi,
I live in Richmond and am wondering if I can plant my dahlias and hibiscus in the ground for the winter. I would try to put them in a Southern facing area with some protection. Anybody tried this with any luck? BTW, the hibiscus was bought from Lowes (no good info on the tag of course), not sure what kind it is, but I think it is the tropical kind and it says hardy to 30 degrees.

Thanks,
Noah


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RE: Anybody leaving their dahlias/hibiscus outside this Winter?

I have overwintered dahlias for the past 9-12 years here in Western VA. I mound dry leaves over the dahlias after a hard frost and place a bag of leaves or tomato cage over the leaves to hold them in place. Usually have nearly one foot of leaves by end of winter from 18" or so placed there in the fall. I have also set a bale of straw/hay over the dahlia roots.


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RE: Anybody leaving their dahlias/hibiscus outside this Winter?

I doubt the Tropical Hibiscus would make it, but I leave my dahlias in the ground all winter and have never lost any except for an unusually wet winter when some of them rotted. I have perennial Hibiscus here and they do well all winter. I mulch everything here with pine straw since we have a lot of pine trees on the middle peninsula


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RE: Anybody leaving their dahlias/hibiscus outside this Winter?

I started leaving my dahlias in the ground 2 years ago--mostly because I simply didn't have time to lift and store them. Not only did they come back, but they grew faster and larger than the new dahlias I planted nearby.

I have heard, however, that the weather pattern for this winter looks like colder temps and more snow so I'll be sure to add an extra layer of leaf mulch for protection.


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