A Reader Asks for Help

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Kathy Dabb wrote:

I have several clematis growing in my garden, and I would like to know what i need to do to winterize these plants. I also have dahlia tubers, hibiscus, and miniature mums that all need to be taken care of to get ready for winter. I live in Ironwood, Michigan on the shore of Lake Superior.

If anyone has any advice, please respond in the comments.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

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Alice Nelson October 17, 2005, 9:13 pm

Hi, Ironwood! We’re neighbors. I live in Ishpeming. I think you are probably zone 4, tho you are pretty close to the lake so that may make it 5. Clematis: I cut mine back to the ground and theycome up beautifully in the spring. Be sure you keep the roots cool next summer. Dahlia – have to dig the tubers and keep them over – put in peat moss and store them in a cool place (not freezing). Hibiscus: I don’t think these are hardy here. Either pot them up and keep them in a sunny window (you might need to cut them back)or ask at a nursery if you have one. If the dwarf mums are a hardy variety, they should be okay if you just cut them back. You have enough snow over there to cover them pretty well. You can also mulch them.
This is not to keep them warm; it is to keep them from thawing and freezing if the snow isn’t covering them. Nice to hear from someone else in Upper Michigan!