Overwintering tender plants: lifting or mulching

Tender plants can be cut back, lifted and stored in a dormant state, or protected with a covering of organic matter (known as mulch). The decision on whether to lift and store or leave them outside under mulch depends both upon the plant and the local climate.

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Lifting dahlias tubers. Image: ©www.gardenworldimages.com

Quick facts

Suitable for: Tender and borderline hardy herbaceous perennials
Timing: At the first sign of frost
Difficulty: Easy

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