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Overwintering Geraniums

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Would you believe this Geranium is 5 years old? With a total outlay of approximately $10, the total cost per year is $2. When it is time for frost, bring your geraniums into the garage/shed for the winter. I hang mine from the ceiling with hooks. Let it go dormant and when March rolls around and the weather gets nicer, start putting it out in the sun during the day and start watering it. (I don't water all winter long.) It will get ratty looking, but in the Spring, remove all the yucky stuff, it'll grow back. I had about given up on this one this Spring, and look at it now!
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  • Lori J
    Lori J Broken Bow, NE
    on Sep 16, 2012

    I over winter in the basement. Leave lots of things in pots and pull some to winter in brown bags. They look like utter hell every spring when we haul them up but my husband has even learned to be patient--they will be beautiful again.

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Sep 16, 2012

    I over winter my plants in the garage...the ferns make a huge mess...but They always come back and they acually bloom every year for me, something a lot of folks don't know about ferns...and my gerber daisies too....but I haven't had any luck with the geraniums....maybe I'll give it a shot this year....we do keep a space heater out there and a grow lamp...and I HAVE to water the ferns, not a lot...but some about every three weeks....I actually lost one the first year because I didn't water....

  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    on Sep 16, 2012

    the geraniums make a mess too! I am always sweeping to keep the "men" from tracking it in.

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Sep 16, 2012

    Well the artillary ferns are aptly named, cause you get one of those little "spikes" stuck in your finger it'll be sore for a week! LOL But when they bloom, they look like a bridal bouquet....really beautiful.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 16, 2012

    Wow Becky J. I wish I hadn't given up on my earlier this summer because of the drought. I forgot about Lori J saying she overwintered in her basement. I just go so tired of getting nothing done but watering everything. I did keep up with the perennials, bushes and trees, which is why I gave up on the annuals. I do have a few that survived despite me so I'll see if they will do the same. Thanks so much!

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