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RUTHIE88
Nov 21, 2016 3:20 PM CST
NOW THAT WINTER HAS HIT MY PART OF THE COUNTRY(NASHVILLE, TN)IN THE 40S) THE ONLY THING SURVIVING ARE MY IVY AND DIANTHIS. MY IVY IS IN A PRETTY POT AS IS MY DIANTHIS. MY QUESTION IS :::CAN I TAKE THEM INDOORS AND ENJOY THEM FOR THE WINTER>??????
Name: Sue
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sooby
Nov 21, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Welcome! Ruthie. Do you know what kind of ivy and dianthus you have?

RUTHIE88
Nov 26, 2016 8:48 PM CST
NO I DON'T. BOT THEM AT THE LOCAL GARDEN CENTER IN THE EARLY SPRING.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Nov 28, 2016 1:19 PM CST
Without knowing exactly what they are it's difficult to know how they would fare indoors. My suggestion would be to post pictures of them here if you can so that we can identify them, or else just try them indoors. I'm guessing the ivy is likely to do better in a house than the dianthus, and some dianthus don't live long in any case.
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RickCorey
Dec 1, 2016 3:25 PM CST
Hi Ruthie! Welcome to NGA!

Just in case the potted ivy [i]doesn't[/u] adapt well to being moved indoors, you might take a few cuttings from tips.

You can strip the leaves from the lower few inches of the cutting and put them in a glass of water (or stick them into moist but very well aerated potting soil or vermiculite).

After they root, you can either start another pot, or, if the first plant died during the move, you could re-use the pot by moving the new cuttings into it. Hopefully by then it will be warm enough to move it back outside.

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