Ask a Question forum: Bringing bulbs in for the winter

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Oct 30, 2016 2:11 PM CST
Hi -

I live in the Rochester area, and I have tuberous begonias that I bring in once they die back after the first hard frost. As of Oct 30th, my plants are still vibrant and flowering and green, even after a couple really cold nights and even some snow. Is it ok to cut back the live foliage now and bring them in, or do I need to wait until they start to die back?

Thanks so much for your help!
Name: Elaine
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Oct 30, 2016 4:20 PM CST
I would definitely wait for the top growth to die back. You won't hurt the plant if you do that, but you might sacrifice some growth on the tuber if you cut it back in full stride. But then, I could never bring myself to cut back a plant that was 'still vibrant and flowering and green' anyway.

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