Dahlia - Knowledgebase Question

Missoula, MT
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.


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Answer from NGA
August 30, 2000

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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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