The Q&A Archives: putting plants away for winter

Question: i live in Kansas, and was wondering. for the winter can i put my potted plants in the shed or should i just bring them in the house?

Answer: The answer really depends upon the plants you are growing. For instance, dahlias grow from underground tubers and after frost kills the tops of the plants the tubers go into a resting phase. These can be stored in a shed, as long as the temperatures remain above freezing. Annual plants will die at the end of the summer so you won't have to worry about them, but perennial plants, those with fibrous root systems, will need to have their roots protected from freezing and they will need some water over the winter months. These types of plants can remain in their containers but you should bury the containers in a protected spot in the garden so the plants can experience the changes of the seasons. If you send another question with the names of the plants, we can give you more specific instructions for overwintering them.

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