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Where do I overwinter my cuttings of dahlias, fuschias, begonias and bacopa, please? Andrena


By Andrena

United Kingdom Gb

At the moment my windowsills provide their winter home.



Hiya Andrena unless you've got a greenhouse or a spare bedroom it will be dificult to keep them frost free.Not much help sorry.

22 Oct, 2009


Greenhouse, or you can keep them on your windowsills - remember not to leave them on the windowsill if your curtains are drawn - between closed curtains and a window is a very cold place to be in the winter.

22 Oct, 2009


When my begonias die down I place them covered just slightly with compost and place them in a hanging basket hung up inside my shed. This seems to stop them getting frosted and they seem to survive the worst of the winter and then come spring bring them back inside and they start shooting...I do live in the south of england so not sure where you live? and it rarely gets below -5.

22 Oct, 2009


Genius idea, geniuscuffy!

22 Oct, 2009


Have you considered a mini plastic green house (lined with bubble wrap) they start at £20 and being small take up little space against a wall.

22 Oct, 2009


Cut Dahlias down to about 4 inches and lift carefully (don't damage with fork). Carefully shake off as much soil as possible and hose of the rest off. Turn the tubers upside down for 3/5 days to drain moisture from inside. Then place them somewhere dry and cool right way up. Garage , Shed, Roofspace etc. In March place in boxes of old compost or peat and water lightly with tepid water. This will start the tubers off and you can take cuttings. In May/June plant your old tubers.

23 Oct, 2009

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