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by Mandy N. on October 12, 2006 07:14 AM
Hello. I was wondering if anyone knew how to store geraniums over the winter? My mom said there was a way without having to plant them indoors, but I don't know how. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!
by sue099 on October 12, 2006 11:43 AM
I was wondering the same thing Mandy. [dunno]

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by buzylady on October 12, 2006 12:14 PM
I found this thread from last yr.
"I have been saving my geraniums for 3 years now. I pull them from the soil, trim the tops back and put them in my dark basement in a paper bag. I check on them starting about the end of Ferbruary and when I see new green growth I pot them back up. They are growing beautifully by the time I plant my annuals in May. I think it's worth it! "
I beleive member netty had this reply.
Sounds good don't it? I think I'll try it too.
Diane

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by Mandy N. on October 13, 2006 03:29 AM
That sounds good! I'll have to give it a try. At least it doesn't take much effort... that's what I didn't want to have to do. It would be worth it for me just to buy new ones in the spring, but this sounds super easy! Thanks for the info!!
by weezie13 on October 13, 2006 03:52 AM
Also, if you do a FORUM SEARCH and type in
GERANIUMS.... I believe you'll find several posts/threads on this...
And there was several different things you can
do for them...

*if you can't find them or want further clarification, give a great big holler..*

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by netty on October 13, 2006 06:48 AM
Yup, that's what I do with my geraniums! In fact, brought mine in last night for the winter. Good thing too ... saw some SNOW today!

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by weezie13 on October 13, 2006 07:58 AM
I'm just stuffing allll of mine in the
basement tonight..
Snow is on it's way... [scaredy] [tears] [shocked]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by treelove on October 13, 2006 09:27 AM
Oh great!
I was wondering exactly the same thing. Will try this method. But I have an additional question: Mine are still blooming, do I wait till the blooming time is over, or cut it down flowers and everything now? (The weather is still very mild around here, I don't think it's been lower than 50 at night).

thank you and happy gardening,
t.

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by Mandy N. on October 13, 2006 11:30 AM
it is supposed to get up to 72 here tomorrow! neener, neener!
by weezie13 on October 13, 2006 11:38 AM
[tongue] [tongue] [tongue] [Wink] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [kissies]

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by rainie on October 13, 2006 08:47 PM
Does anyone know if this will work with scented geraniums? Mine are already in the compost pile, but next year,,,? maybe [flower]
by netty on October 14, 2006 05:23 AM
Treelove - just make sure you get them in before they freeze. I also have 2 big pots of Geraniums that I move inside each winter to a sunny window and treat as houseplants. (I don't have room to keep them all this way, so the rest get put in the dark side of the basement until spring)

Rainie - I've never tried it with scented geraniums. But I don't see why it WOULDN'T work [dunno]

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by treelove on October 14, 2006 05:46 AM
Thank you, Netty! And look at the weather: as soon as I mentioned that the nights are mild, the temperature drops to 36. So I better move them in soon.

happy gardening,
t.

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by sue099 on October 15, 2006 08:00 AM
When you bring them in and put them in the paper bag in the basement, do the roots not dry out? Do you leave any soil at all on the plant?

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by Deborah L. on October 15, 2006 09:00 AM
Mandy, I haven't heard "neener, neener" in years !
LOL !

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by Mandy N. on October 15, 2006 12:27 PM
Deborah, I'm glad to give you a little laugh! I actually have never said it in years. HA!
by netty on October 16, 2006 03:12 AM
I leave no soil on my geraniums.

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by Deborah L. on October 16, 2006 07:08 AM
[Big Grin] [Big Grin] I cracked up, Mandy !

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by chenno on October 17, 2006 08:34 PM
I have saved mine too, but please explain the paper bag method if you would,I just cut them back and replant in spring?

Thanks

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