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Over-wintering Tender Perennials




Caladium–Dig up after first hard frost. Place in warm, dry location 1 to 2
weeks. Cut off dry foliage, and bury tubers in dry peat moss. Store (60 to
65 degrees).

Calla Lily–Cut foliage after hard frost 1 to 2 inches above soil surface.
Dig up rhizomes. Dry in warm, dry location 1 to 2 weeks. After drying,
bury rhizomes in peat moss and store (50 to 60 degree temps).

Cannas–Cut back 4 to 6 inches above soil after a hard frost. Leave a small
amount of soil around cannas. Dry for several days. Store in box (40 to 50
degree temp).

Dahlia–Cut back foliage 2 to 4 inches above soil a few days after hard
frost. Shake off soil, cut the stems back to the crown. Wash tuberous
roots. Allow to dry to the touch. Place dahlia clumps upside down in
boxes, cover with peat moss. Store in 40 to 50 degrees temp.

Elephants Ear–Dig up after first hard frost. Cut off foliage. Dry tubers
for 1 to 2 weeks. Bury tubers in peat moss (70 to 75 degree temp).

Gladiolus–Dig up in later summer or early fall. Shake off soil. Cut back
foliage 1 to 2 inches above corms. Dry corms for 2 to 3 weeks. Place corms
in mesh bags or nylon stockings and hang in cool, dry location (35 to 45
degree temp).

Tuberous Begonia–Dig up tuberous begonias a few days after hard frost.
Leave a small amount of soil around each tuber. Cut off stems 1 inch above
tuber. Place in cool, dry area 2 to 3 weeks. Shake off soil; bury tubers
in dry peat moss. Store (40 to 50 degree temps).





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