Can I leave my geraniums in the pots over the winter?

I grow beautiful geraniums every summer using the same plants year after year. Usually I remove them from the dirt and store them in brown paper bags in the garage, using a spot where they don't freeze. Would it work to leave them in the pots, just cut them back, and then take them out as usual around March 1 and start watering them?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 08, 2017
    If they need re-potting plant them in the next size pot with fresh soil and make sure there is proper drainage,spray them down with horticultural oil,bring them inside and place in a bright location,water when soil is dry to the touch

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Sep 08, 2017
    In the Fall (before the first frost), carefully dig up your geraniums and pot them in 6”- 8” diameter containers, with lightweight potting soil. Cut the plants back by a third to a half. Water the pots and let drain, then place in a bright, cool spot.

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Sep 08, 2017
    I think you can probably do that. Cut them back and move the pots to the same area you used to move the bare root plants too. They will be dormant until you take them out and start watering again.

  • FL FL on Sep 08, 2017
    Yes and this site will tell you how (plus two other options for over-wintering geraniums!  ; Good luck!

  • Jennifer Helen Wilson Jennifer Helen Wilson on Sep 08, 2017
    Yes but just water very lightly to keep green. Too much & they'll rot. Keep out of heavy rains. They look lovely in terracotta or coloured pots.

  • Ela28385463 Ela28385463 on Sep 13, 2017
    Yes. I keep mine in a sunroom, however a sunny location inside your home or garage will work. In lower south, a warm corner outside house works well also; then cover for extra cold snap.

  • Babette Babette on Sep 13, 2017
    Yes, you don't really need to cut them back just put them in the garage until you're ready to put back out.