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Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter Geraniums ...........

How to save geraniums over the winter in pots

(not sure the name of the painter here)

When saving geraniums for the winter in pots, dig up your geraniums and place them in a pot that can comfortable fit their rootball. Prune the geranium back by 1/3. Water the pot thoroughly and place in a cool but well lit part of your house.

If the cool area you have in mind does not have enough light, place a lamp or light with a fluorescent bulb very close to the plant. Keep this light on 24 hours. This will provide enough light for getting geraniums to last over winter indoors, though the plant may get a little leggy.

(looks like this could be the same artist as above. I love it)

How to winter geraniums by making them go dormant
The nice thing about geraniums is that they will go into dormancy easily, meaning you can store them in a similar fashion to storing tender bulbs. Saving geraniums for the winter using this method means that you will dig the plant up in the fall and gently remove the soil from the roots. The roots should not be clean, but rather free from clods of dirt.

Hang the plants upside down in either your basement or garage, someplace where the temperature stays around 50F. Once a month, soak the roots of the geranium plant in water for an hour, then re-hang the plant. The geranium will lose all of its leaves, but the stems will remain alive. In the spring, replant the dormant geraniums in the ground and they will spring back to life.

(Waterpainting done by me JKS2011)

I found this information at Gardening Know How

I am not sure what I want to do at this point. If you read this and have ideas please email me and give me some hints I would appreciate other peoples experiences.


EG CameraGirl said...

Great information and I love the painting!

Magic Love Crow said...

Gorgeous paintings! Great information! Thanks ;o)

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I used to grow geraniums & put them in pots inside in the winter. Great info& love the painting!

Marissa Sobaskie said...

What handy information. :) Do you think geraniums could be done year-round on the windowsill?