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Overwintering geraniums

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by Lily789 on August 19, 2004 12:47 AM
I'm planning on overwintering my geranium (pelargoniums) that are currently growing outside. It pains me to see them die out in the cold, freezing winter.

I have over a dozen of them...but thinking about dozens of big pots in my house filled with geraniums...ahhhh! I don't have that much space and certainly don't want to turn my house into a "plant store."

Any space-saving techniques to successfully overwinter them? What do you do?

Thanks for any help [Wink] !

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~Lily
by Bill on August 19, 2004 02:03 AM
by weezie13 on August 19, 2004 04:49 AM
Lily,
My Granny used to hang her geraniums/pelargoniums upside down in her backroom of the house.
I can remember seeing them hanging when we'd go into the backroom *which had like her furnace, washer/dryer backdoor, mudroom like*

Give it a try, one year with just one if you don't feel too brave at first...
*I personally don't do this, as my I usually don't have enough to over winter and when I do, I do water mine with my house plants as I have all my house plants in the basement for the winter....

But give it a try??
You never know until you experiment!!!!

If you do, will you keep us posted on how it turned out???

Weezie

Here's the directions.......

Geraniums, they can be overwintered in a cool, humid place by digging them in the fall, shaking off most of the soil and hanging them upside down. The storage area must be cool and humid.

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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 Bess of the Piedmont on August 20, 2004 11:09 PM
Hi Hon!

When my geraniums get too big to overwinter, I make a few small cuttings and root them in small pots to overwinter. They root so easily I don't even have to use root hormone. If you like, you can put a few cuttings in jars of water in a low light windowsill. they should root within two weeks. Then you can plant them in small pots.

I always apologize to the leggy mama plants when I toss them out, but their babies carry on, all fresh and new.

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