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“Love them tender”

  • The nights are getting colder and if you live inland you should start lifting tender perennial plants such as cannas and dahlias

The nights are getting colder and if you live inland you should start lifting tender perennial plants such as cannas and dahlias. They should be dug up and placed in a box of just-damp compost in a cool, airy place.

Nearer the coast it should be sufficient to just cover the area above the roots with a thick layer of leaf mould or compost.

If you're not sure if a plant is going to survive, take extra precautions by taking a cutting or three; cut just below a leaf bud and push into a pot of compost up to half the length of the cutting. Keep the pot somewhere cool but protected from frost.