Push the Zone: Dahlias? Does this trick work with dahlias?

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By Skiekitty
October 31, 2013

If you suffer from cold winters and you have tender plants that are doomed to live outside, but shouldn't in your zone, try this: Get a black bucket that a big perennial came in, cut the bottom off, wiggle it around the plant, and fill it with natural mulch (not colored/dyed). I have many zone 7 roses that survive my zone 5/4 winters when I do this.

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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 30, 2013 7:11 PM CST
I know you do this with roses, but the photo attached is a dahlia. Does this little trick work for dahlias??? Be cool if it did!
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 31, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Woofie - I have no idea.. I've never tried dalias so I can't tell you. Sad Those are bulbs, right? I'd be afraid of them rotting in ground more than freezing I think.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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woofie
Oct 31, 2013 9:45 AM CST
They're actually tubers. Huh. Wonder why there's a picture of a dahlia attached to your article. Confused
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Oct 31, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Woofie - No idea.. I am too lazy to take pictures for my suggestions.. and actually when I sent in these suggestions, I didn't know about the picture thingie. Never grown a dahlia before. I know you're supposed to lift them here, which, to me, is too much like work. Maybe next year I'll buy one & try it. Never hurts to try.. what's the worse I can do, kill it?

Yes, my name is Toni & I'm a plant murderer. I purposefully plan how to kill a plant for scientific research.
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Oct 31, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Yep. Digging them is a pain. I only do it for the ones I paid money for. The ones I grow from seed are on their own!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Aug 16, 2014 5:18 AM CST
This is a very good idea for tender plants.
There was a couple in Calgary who grew tender roses in their front yard.
Every fall they spread bales of straw around the tender roses and held it down by carpets.

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