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placing in a light warm room

Posted by justuschickens nCA mtns z7 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 29, 07 at 16:05

I have two hanging geraniums and thought to put them in a warm (69) that has a window and lots of light. Would they winter over this way. Should I water less so I don't get mildew?

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RE: placing in a light warm room

In California, you have no other way of saving over your geraniums since you would have no way of keeping said plants in a "cool" room.

Yes, but I suggest you keep them flowering only as much as the light will extend their time. The sun's intensity is almost now at its lowest ebb....December 21st...the winter solstace...and thereafter, the sun begins its long road back to June 21st...the longest day of the year.

Soon your plants will lose their vigor. When this happens, remove any bloom, cut back the plant by 1/3....1/2...however you see the need.
Give them a clean pot, fresh potting soil/mix, (have something between the soil and drainage holes) and water only as the plant requires it after letting it dry down between.
Don't fertilize until new growth is evident. That wont happen until about mid February when the sun begins to give sufficient energy to promote new growth.
Then only feed according to the plant's size and growth rate.

You can pretty well put it as close to the window at this time as you can...just don't let it touch cold window glass.
Hopefully, you can keep it going until your usual time of planting out. That's pretty soon isn't California.

The February date mentioned is for those of us that experience winter....and snow....lots of snow...lots coming this weekend.
In your neck of the woods or where the traffic is never-ending...just should be able to keep your plants going for another couple months anyway.
Just cut it back when they lose their vigor.

RE: placing in a light warm room

Thanks I moved then two a shelf in my living room since they are in full bloom. It was 70 in the house. What is a cool room. To me its 65. We get our snow in Feb. So I can't put anything out till April or May. I just had hoped I could keep it fairly green to get a head start from complete die back. If I can I will be buying more plants to hang in baskets. We are home a lot so the snow would be welcome. I am glad I don't live in the traffic city either. I will take a bear over a traffic jam any day.

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