Everyone likes those wonderful red Geraniums, right?
I’ve tried all the colors and for a while was enamored of the pink; but no the red are, to me, the quintessential summer geranium!
And I, like so many others, would discard my plants at the end of the season after they had been taken down by the first frost. Well, sometimes I did overwinter them and brought them inside where they might flourish, or not. It was not a given that they would look anywhere near decent through the winter.
So last fall I decided to try what several people on Hometalk had suggested: overwintering my geraniums in the garage.
This is the end result:
Here they are, fresh from winter hibernation. I had put each pot in a white plastic garbage bag. I didn’t seal it: I left it fairly open at the top for air. I didn’t touch them all winter: no water, no food. Oh, and yes, I had cut them back hard when I put them “away.”
About four weeks ago I brought them outside and put them directly in the sun and watered them. Then I left them for two weeks. I watched and waited. And sure enough, the leaves started turning that bright green and right away new flowers started to form. I haven’t fed them at all.
Here they are at the back step, awaiting repotting:
I brought out a medium/large terra cotta pot:
I always use an Ups-A-Daisy container insert. They are the best. Just place one about half way down, inside the pot (I use shards to partially cover the large holes) and fill with soil.
I have a pile of flat stones on the side of my driveway. I just grab a piece and gently tap with a hammer to get some small shards.
I use Bio-Tone plant starter for both pots and garden; it really does help the newly planted flowers and shrubs.
And here you have it: the geranium is in the back with some new petunias and a coleus.
You can still see the woody stem in this image: I didn’t cut back the old stems all the way, so left room for new growth.
Have you ever tried this method of overwintering? Do you have any other suggestions? Do you even like geraniums?
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I loved your post about geraniums and learned a lot. I am a fellow member of the Facebook page Home and Garden Bloggers. Fun to see your blog!
And I love your post about summer entertaining! Aren’t we all glad the warm weather is (finally) here! Thanks for visiting and commenting; I really like this new group!
I like the group, too! My blog is more than gardening but I love having all these gardeners as resources!!
Hi Libby, glad this technique worked for you. I tried it one year and the plants survived, but then I didn’t repot them so they didn’t grow much. My neighbor used to do this every winter and she had lovely ones.
Overwintering geraniums is something I’ve never done. Oops, that’s a lie – when I was a young mom (many, many years ago), I tried but they were full of spiders. Maybe that’s why I don’t do it – lol
I planted red geraniums for the first time this year. Really love them. Yours are gorgeous! Carol
Hi Libby, I did winter over some geraniums several ears ago. They made it until March when fickle Ohio Lake Effect weather seemed to kill them. Maybe a milder Southern winter helps.
Hi Libby, I did winter over some geraniums several years ago. They made it until March when fickle Ohio Lake Effect weather seemed to kill them. Maybe a milder Southern winter helps.
Cindy: Did I write you back here? I thought I had but it’s not here… Well, our garage definitely did not freeze this winter, so that may have made a difference. I was amazed at how well this worked!