Thursday, September 15, 2011

How to Overwinter Geraniums

South African in origin, geraniums (pelargoniums) have a three-month dormant period during winter’s dryness. They need to be kept well-watered before going into dormancy. In the old days, we had cool cellars with dirt floors that were dark and moist. We shook the dirt off the roots and hung them upside down in bundles.
If you have a cool place in your house (around 50 degrees Fahrenheit), it is possible to overwinter your geraniums by keeping them in plastic or glazed pots with good drainage and giving them very little water. In spring, bring them into a warm place and water them heavily. When they start to show buds, repot them and prune heavily.

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