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Frost ): & the Geraniums I wanted to overwinter

Posted by fillagirl 2b Sask. (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 18, 11 at 1:41

Hello, I have overwintered geraniums for the past few years, and usually get them pulled before frost hits.

I didn't cover then or bring them in and on Tues. night I think it went down to -4 here. Today, I pulled out all my geraniums from their pots and a drying them out. Some of them have leaves that are droopy and "yucky" you think those will survive and grow next Spring? I don't have experience with this and am hoping that they can be saved, they were beautiful geraniums.

Thank you.

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RE: Frost ): & the Geraniums I wanted to overwinter

Tough call. The plants themselves (stems, crown, roots) will still be alive, but they will have less energy to draw on over the winter without the leaves. I'd cut off the yucky leaves and try overwintering them, they might make it.

RE: Frost ): & the Geraniums I wanted to overwinter

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 18, 11 at 8:51

When I bring my geraniums in for the winter, I dig them up, shake off the excess dirt, trim back the feeder roots and the top by about 1/2. I do this because they are too big otherwise and to help get rid of some insect eggs in the soil or on the plant. I then repot them and water with an inseticidal soap mix. I used to store mine in the garage for the winter, we kept it at just above freezing. I withheld water until about Feb. when I wanted them to actively start growing again. Hope this helps. Marg

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