Temperatures have been teasing many areas with the possibility of frost, so it's time to start thinking about storing your tender bulbs for winter. Gardeners in USDA zones 8 and above can grow dahlias, cannas, caladiums and their tender cousins year round. Although the leaves may get damaged in a cold snap, the plants should survive and regrow.
Northern gardeners are not so lucky. They will need to dig and store these plants to overwinter them, but the payoff is well worth the effort. While there are no absolute rules for overwintering tender bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers, here are some guidelines and safeguards to make your efforts more successful. Better still, here's a video to show you how.
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