Friday, 10 July 2015

Geraniums.



I was always led to believe that over-wintering Geraniums was difficult, well this obviously isn't the case. If I can do it; anyone can!


I only have these two pots of Geraniums, but they've now survived for about 5 years.

In early winter (before the frosts) I bring them indoors, and cut them back to as close to the roots as possible, whilst preserving a few of the leaves.

Their watering is kept to a minimum, and frankly I just ignore them for the few months they're indoors.

And voila; I have green fingers after all. Don't they look great?



24 comments:

  1. They look very good. Do you feed them when you put them back outdoors?

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  2. They look very healthy, Cro - a tribute to your green fingers . The one in the second photo looks as though it's the trailing variety and is ideal in hanging baskets.

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    1. I think it's just a bit 'leggy', probably needs trimming.

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  3. I put mine in the greenhouse and let them die back, ignore them and then cut them back early spring. They like being treated mean

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    1. No greenhouse here, they clutter-up my studio for the winter.

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  4. I used to let them dry out in the pot at the end of the season, take them out and shake all the soil from the roots, wrap the whole plant in newspaper ( maybe trim a bit if too large), and store somewhere frost free. Pot up in fresh compost in spring, cut tops back, water and wait! Always worked.

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    1. I've heard of people taking them out of the soil and hanging them up in a dark place over winter, but it all sounds rather excessive.

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  5. my Geraniums are looking very bad may be becauose of the hot weather here.

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  6. I love them and have them in pots and tubs everywhere - they give such good service. I used to keep them over winter but I don't bother now as they are quite cheap to buy. I once bought twelve rooted cuttings in different varieties when I had a south facing window sill - they were marvellous and I did keep them for a year or two.

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  7. Geraniums look great. Not so sure about the garden gnome though!

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    1. You obviously have better eyesight than me. Where's he hiding?

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    2. I think it's your plant pots stacked on top of one another, but on first glance they do look a little bit like a gnome. As if you'd have one !

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    3. I do have one. It's a gnome riding on a pig that my youngest son gave to Lady Magnon as a present when he was young. It's quite funny, and lives by the pool. It's 'almost' an antique.

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  8. Really pretty Cro …. I'm not a great lover of red in our garden but I do love red geraniums.
    To stop them being leggy, they need to be pinched out in the Spring to get them to bush out but I think that I'm teaching my grandmother { father ?!! } to suck eggs !!!! XXXX

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  9. They have a downside. Smell.

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    1. I've just been outside for a sniff; couldn't smell a thing.

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    2. You have to touch them. Maybe yours are devoid of smell through neglect anyway.

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    3. I've just been outside... AGAIN. I now see what you mean.

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  10. I winter many of my plants in the basement. I water about every other week (because I forget about them) and am always surprised when they come back to bloom the following spring.

    Your Geraniums look very healthy and lovely.

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    1. Being frugal, I'm both surprised and thrilled.

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  11. Like Sue says, they do look very good. My geraniums are late coming out this year.

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  12. They look very nice. I have very few potted plants; I had some lavender that's not frost hardy that i'd move in and out of doors depending on the season, but I think the last deluge of rain did it in. I also have a couple pots of catnip that get moved inside for the winter and outside in the warmer weather. Everything else is in the ground and either comes back because it wants to or dies off because it doesn't.

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    1. The most annoying thing for me about winter, is late frost. It ruins fruit crops, and prevents me from being a better/more interested gardener.

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