Dahlia - Knowledgebase Question

Missoula, MT
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Question by MDWICK
August 30, 2000
I live in Montana, I have healthy(1foot) Dahlia plants in my flower bed. I want to bring some of these beautiful plants into my home. Will I be able to bring a daliah plant in and still have it survive and be able to continue with the storage process after it dies off in the fall , if it makes it in the house. Do I need to set the plants out at night? right now they are used to 40-50 degree temps at night,in attempt to think it is still outside in my flowerbed? Thank you for tis service of letting me ask you my gardening concerns.

Answer from NGA
August 30, 2000
Dahlias go through a natural dormancy period and need this winter rest in order to produce foliage and flowers each summer. The plants won't adapt to growing indoors, so I can only suggest you enjoy the flowers in your garden until frost nips the foliage. Then dig the tubers, store in a cool, dark place, and wait for new buds to develop in the spring. Once the buds begin to show, plant the tubers outdoors again.

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