Freddy's 99 Cent Geraniums

nwkrys(z8 OR)March 28, 2011

Hi everyone, well Freddy is running their 99 Cent Geranium ads again. I bought them last year and they turned out to be a resounding success. However with this cold, wet weather we've been having this winter, is it too early to buy these?? I looked at the ten day forcast and we're supposed to approach 60 by the weekend. Let me know what you're going to do.

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barbe_wa

I will probably buy mine, but they will live in the cold frame until it's a bit warmer.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 9:03PM
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gardengal48

They are a great deal but too cold to plant out yet. Keep in a protected location until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 45F. Zonal geraniums will tell you it's too cold for them by the reddening of their foliage.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:05AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Would this reddening when attempting early planting be referred to as Zonal denial?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:12AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

The deer love the flowers. My neighbor doesn't line her driveway with them anymore, but has a few up by the house.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:32AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

How funny that those stinky things would appeal to deer.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:50PM
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oliveoyl3

Thanks for posting the FYI.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:51PM
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nwkrys(z8 OR)

Funny story about deer and geraniums. We have a house at the coast too. I planted my Freddy 99 cent specials there in a hot pink. The back yard is completely enclosed by a 4 foot picket fence.

After the 4th of July I'm done there and none of the geraniums in the back yard are blooming. They have all been neatly cut off. I wondered if my neighbor had cut some for a centerpiece thinking I wouldn't be down.

In the front yard my window boxes are full of pink blossoms but the pots on either side of the steps are similarly devoid of bloom. The mystery was solved a couple of evenings later when we noticed a deer grazing in the neighbors yard. It had apparently leaped the fence, ignored roses, clematis, daisies, dianthus etc and dined on the hot pink geraniums. I guess it was too much work to climb into the beds in the front of the house to get to the window boxes.

I think the available grazing must have improved through the rest of the summer because I never found a trimmed geranium in the back again. The deer wandered our part of town until fall.

The best part is that the two pots in front never had a blossom that wasn't beheaded while the RED geraniums in pots across the street were left alone all summer long.

Not only do they love geraniums, the apparently have a color preference!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 1:32PM
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Clukenbill_bctonline_Com

Geraniums are medicinal. The deer know more than we do

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 9:28PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Often plants smell etc. so as to repel or limit browsing and grazing. It's a battle that has gone on forever, defensive chemicals in plants may be why deer nibble here and there and then move on. It would certainly be why they favor the most tender new growth - it does not have the full payload built up yet.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 12:58PM
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