Fuchsias, geraniums and verbena are all tender perennials, meaning plants that are not cold hardy. (so the newspaper is really acting like a pot ?) That said, I’m always open to new ideas! You will need to lift the fleece in the daytime and vent the frame to allow good air circulation. If you could prop the garage door open during the day to allow light and air in then they would be fine. Geranium Plug Plants Sun-loving and a staple for any garden, Geraniums are prized for their reliability, long-flowering and large, vibrantly coloured blooms. Have cleared out most of my summer plants ie Lobilia also geraniums. On warmer days prop the shed door open to allow some air circulation too, this will help prevent rot. Simon, Hi Simon, I wrapped paper around roots put all in boxes in greenhouse and there is a compost bed in ghouse so should I unwrap and put them in the soil or leave as they are? You can, however, overwinter your geraniums and replant them every spring. Graham, Thanks Graham, we’ll enjoy them for another month before they go under the knife! Then in February plant up in compost and I had the best display ever and no rot or disease. How far should I restrict watering over the winter? Do they still need light ? So fill all those sunny windows and conservatories with all your members of the pelargonium family! Phone: +44 (0)1570 480097. Trailing Geranium plug plants available for purchase online at babyplants.co.uk. If you see mold or other problems, discard those plants. Cease feeding with a nitrogen rich fertiliser instead feed lightly with a tomato plant fertiliser. Shall I repot it, cut it back or what can I do? Trailing Geraniums Commonly used in hanging baskets, window boxes and large containers. Thanks, Hello Hi Jane, Secondly, prune the plants back to remove all the soft growth, the material removed can be used as softwood stem cuttings. There are several ways to overwinter geraniums ( Pelargoniums) from your garden. Thanks Graham. I assume you still leave the foliage sticking out above the newspaper? The corm is still in the process of fattening up for overwintering. We are based in the NE too & can get very cold spells !!! Hi Maria, If left on their own in most gardens, they’ll be killed by the first hard frost, and you’ll need to replace them again in the spring. The polystyrene will certainly help with insulation. You may need to give them a light spray of fungicide too. Hi Lynda, yes that’s the best plan, obviously keep an eye out for any die back and don’t allow the stems to rot either. With some newspaper, a cardboard box, paper bag, or a sunny windowsill, you can keep these tender perennials for the winter and have fresh blooms next spring and summer. Great advice but I have a very old geranium which I bring in every year to over winter in my garden room.It has beautiful orange flowers with dark ‘red’ leaves edged with green. Overwintering Half-hardy bushes should be lifted from the ground in autumn, before temperatures drop below 5°C (41°F), and overwintered in a frost-free place. Oct 3, 2019 - Explore Patty Richardson-Edwards's board "Overwintering geraniums", followed by 580 people on Pinterest. that might be in the soil? Or be better to leave them outside but covered with many layers of the fleece stuff from garden centres? I hope the above helps you out. When this happens it is time to give them a little fresh compost for the winter. In milder areas of the UK and in sheltered, well-drained, parts of the garden, it may be possible to cut back the tops of tender plants, leave them in the ground and … by Graham (west yorks) i have a few geraniums i wish to overwinter after removing from the garden. i fancy potting up and keeping indoors. This will be my second year saving them…i was told originally to do, and did…shake loose all the dirt from their roots,..prune them back dramatically, and hang them upside down…so air could circulate around them. can understand!!! All the best That will be fine; I wouldn’t worry about feed at this stage, use fresh vompost where possible though. If thats the case should buying more pots for the summer. See more ideas about geraniums, overwintering geraniums, planting flowers. It's easy to take cuttings from pelargoniums in summer and then overwinter … They hsve gotten a little leggy. How can I overwinter so many plants successfully? Trust me with the plants Google has become my gardening partner – finding this lovely blog for example. Perennial Lobelia in winter will die back. Thanks Graham do you think im better leaving them in a non heated greenhouse and if so would I just put a fleece over them ? I have a partial memory of my dad putting layers of newspaper between the compost and the lower parts of the plants taking the final flowers off and covering with of all things a plastic carrier bag and taping it to the pot. Thank you. All the best If it dies, then I will just buy a new one next year like I always do, but this is … Graham. I will try this. It doesn’t sound as though they are very happy. Don’t forget to check on them from time to time though, for signs of mould etc! First time with Geraniums Could my Geraniums (still flowering) survive this way once cut back and well wrapped? Do you mean around the stems or around the flowers? There are buds starting to appear on the stalks. and is it necisery to heat the green house I wonderd or ok to just leave them. Find out more about them on our. Graham. Hopefully, they will survive – they are Hot & Spicy. they will be fine like that, if they continue to flower due to the good temperature in the conservatory, keep them fed, otherwise they will become exhausted! Another approach to overwintering geraniums involves storing them with bare roots. Roughly 4-6 wkly soak the roots again and hang up again. Graham. All the best Mine over wintered outside this year too. will it be ok to pot down from 5 to4inch pots.any need for a weak feed. Graham. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. For this method, hanging the plants or covering them loosely with a paper bag works well and eliminates the need for pots. yes, that will be absolutely fine, the geraniums will be well protected, have enough light and should be fine next spring. I hope it all works for you! I've heard people say that it's not worth overwintering them and that they should be treated as an annual, but I really loved the colour of my Geraniums last year and so wanted to see if I could keep them in the greenhouse and get another year out of them. I would keep dead-heading them for now, they will need cutting back at some point, but you can probably leave it for another month as yet – you might as well enjoy the colour for as long as you can! It saves a lot of bother bringing them indoors! Just £1.49 for a single plug or £6.99 for a pack of 6! That’s a shame but not uncommon. down to say -15C) you don't need to protect them at all, and some species (cranesbills) grow as wild flowers. Great advice, will give it a go. Required fields are marked *. Which? Water them very sparingly but don’t allow them to dry out completely as Pelargoniums don’t actually go dormant over winter. I want to save this through the winter if possible. Graham. Fuchsias, geraniums and verbena are all tender perennials, meaning plants that are not cold hardy. Other than that, they should be fine! If you wrap them all up, protect the tops and put them all together is as much shetler as possible then they should survive. Is it safe to leave them outside from now on (unless there is a frost) and how often should I water them? Keep some horticultural fleece to hand that can be thrown over them at night just to keep out the chills. Ian and Liz, Will pots of geraniums survive in a cold frame over winter if I use bubble wrap and a fleece around each plant? Save your geraniums for next year. Hi Ian, All the best Do you think this is a good idea? Are you going to try overwintering your zonal geraniums, or propagate a few from cuttings? All the best Hi Laura, I would cut them by the end of the month to give them a chance to recover before the new season begins, I too have a large pot actually in my garage which has flowered all through the winter. All the best All the best Hi Maria, All the best Beautiful Geraniums gently cascading over the side of summer baskets and planters are a marvellous sight. We had a massive display in early May, and they continued all through the summer into Autumn. Hope that helps Use pots or boxes in … Geranium | Genus: Pelargonium The Geraniaceae family of plants includes Geranium (430 species), Pelargonium (280 species) and Erodium (80 species).. Pelargonium common names include: zonal, scented, ivy-leafed, and Martha Washington geraniums. These prolific flowering, trailing varieties will also look amazing in window boxes, creating an avalanche of colour as is often seen in Germany and Alpine Europe. UK grown plug plants supplied for the best quality results possible. Graham, Thanks Graham…Very much appreciated. This blog is really useful. Graham. All the best I would cut them down a little now, just to remove finished flower stems and any “weedy” looking growth, and then cut them again , about in half in spring. Answer Cut them back a little if necessary to make them fit the available space, and then move them to a bright, frost free greenhouse, conservatory or similar. The fleece alternative will also work, but make sure that the fleece doesn’t touch the plants – especially when it’s wet! The newspaper is also acting as a temporary pot, like you say, I prefer to use it rater that putting them in plastic pots as it will stop any “sweating”, which can lead to rot. I have potted up all my oudoor plants and will be keeping them at my daughter’s. The corm is still in the process of fattening up for overwintering. Fuchsias, geraniums and verbena are all tender perennials, meaning plants that are not cold hardy. A hardwood version with slatted shelves and polycarbonate glazing with vented windows in the top. I left my geraniums outside in the ground all winter and amazingly they all appear to have survived. September 2013 in Plants. Deryck, I agree with you entirely – I would just bring them indoors, give them a trim and reduce watering throughout the winter. Overwintering geraniums. Do you remove all the soil or just leave compost around the root ball? you might as well leave them as they are now to be honest, they’re wrapped up nicely, all kept together and should be fine over the winter. Do I have to cut them back? Over wintering geraniums in a cold green house is simple as long as you follow these steps. I have never been able to take successful cuttings and I would hate to loose it. Unfortunately in the Uk they are too tender to grow outdoors all year in most areas. think I will fleece them and leave them outside in the plastic greenhouse so they get light but should be protected from frosts. – Don’t forget to feed the pots in the spring! Tender herbaceous perennials that can be lifted and stored include dahlias, cannas, tuberous begonias and gladioli. All the best There’s no such thing as “daft questions” Then plant the roots in coarse, slightly moist potting soil. If you wrap each plant pot in bubble wrap, or horticultural fleece, it will also provide an extra layer of insulation, which always helps in the dead of winter! I would put them on the shelves of the small greenhouse and give them extra insulation by making a “tent” of bubble wrap, newspaper or fleece over and around them, keep them all together to preserve heat and also check them occasionally for mildew/dry mould, sniping off any affected bits as needed. Take semi-ripe hardwood cuttings before frost in October and keep in a frost free room to root over winter. thank you, Hi Bob, They can be repotted in spring, when they will be wanting to start to grow again, When the are wrapped, the compost should be barely damp, which should be enough to keep them going while they are dormant. I have put polystyrene on the paving under the plants. True geraniums are hardy. I have a very small garden and this year I’d like to re use the pots(for winter cyclemen?) Hi all . I really wouldn’t leave them outside at all until well after all risk of frost has passed, we haven’t had the worst of the weather by far as yet, the summer house really is the best place for them! When I lift geraniums from the garden I do tend to leave the soil around the root ball as it helps to prevent it drying out too much over the winter. My neighbour leaves their geraniums in the ground all through the winter & survive !! Hi Jo, I would cut them back and let them grow in the spring, you can take cutting later in the year and get yourself some new plants growing ready for next year too! Thanks for that!! There are no comments yet...Kick things off by filling out the form below. This is especially true for zonal geraniums. I was thinking of putting them on the floor on newspaper! Remove any infected plant debris and pop it into your waste bin or burn it. When the geraniums start looking dehydrated and shriveled, usually in 2 or 3 months, take them out of the box. thanks . Cut back the brown stems until you see some green. I have put them safely back inside . Hello, here in middle Germany have two large Terraces to property, protected by upstairs balcony, have previously, successfully wintered other pot-plants there, well wrapped up. Hi again Graham, so when the Pelargoniums are in the shed for the winter, do I need to keep them moist regularly? Graham. Sue, I potted my geraniums from the garden and placed them in my summer house over winter On checking to see if they needed some water ( first time since bringing them in ) I discover they had mildew What can I do? Take semi-ripe hardwood cuttings before frost in October and keep in a frost free room to root over winter. These stems produce both flowers and leaves and can have quite a far reach. Hi Bob, Have a Look at our Trailing Petunias and our Trailing Begonias. Graham, Thanks for your reply 2 more question please. Finally, and most importantly you need to ventilate the greenhouse as often as the weather allows in order to help keep down the moisture and damp, as this will help stop the spread of fungal disease. Prune the geranium back by one-third. – I hope this helps you Sue – ALL the advice & YouTube clips for over-Wintering geraniums suggests this method. Overwintering Dormant, Bare-Rooted Geraniums . Geraniums are perennials that require special care in the winter because they cannot survive hard frosts. Graham. It just keeps on getting bigger. As there are other plants in there as well I am going to open it up in daylight hours now and again (when sunny) and try and avoid the fungi and mildew (also new to me). We have a cold garage that doesn’t get below freezing. Time will tell. Hi All, I'm new here but love looking through all the fantastic threads on here. I would definitely cut it back as geraniums will readily re-shoot further down the stem to give the plant a better shape. Page 1 of 1: Hi I had a really good show of trailing red geraniums for my 6 window boxes this year. I wouldn’t worry too much about the light as the plants will be pretty much dormant anyway, however a “change of air” now and then will help prevent some mildew and dry rot type fungi growing. Probably! I live in rural Shropshire. How to Save Geraniums Over the Winter in Pots When saving geraniums for the winter in pots, dig up your geraniums and place them in a pot that can comfortably fit their rootball. This system works just fine. Increase ventilation around them by spacing them out a little if you can. All the best Trailing geraniums are also often referred to as sprawling or scrambling due to their nature of sending out long prostrate stems that weave their way through other plants in the border. I don’t know if I should cut them back hard, partially, leave the leaves on or remove them. All the best That is why, in some climates, they are sold as annual flowers. All the best I am overwintering my pelargonium cuttings on my kitchen windowsill which faces SSE. I have purchased some regal pelargoniums for summer bedding but I am wondering how I can over winter them with no greenhouse or conservatory and very little windowsill space? My question is, to what length should I reduce the branches. Anne, Hi Annette, Follow this guide, and watch the video at the end for a great guide to winter care for these plants. I would like to leave in my garden rather than have to mess about lifting them !! I have pelargoniums in unheated conservatory , Essex UK, and they are flowering. First, tidy them up by removing all dead, dying, damaged or diseased growth, and cut them back by around half - or more if necessary - … Hi Graham Water well, place in good light & keep frost free. Hardy geraniums can cope with any soil type and some, such as Geranium sylvaticum and its cultivars, can cope with very dry conditions.. Hardy geraniums can be great self-seeders and plants will often grow in tiny cracks in paving, proving how tough they are. Its February , I concur with the article, flowering during the winter. Fingers crossed for warmer weather now, but if we do have a cold snap then bring them undercover again. They’re easy to grow and thrive in terracotta pots as well as traditional bedding displays. I hope this helps 1 have about 36 small plug plants which were delivered late (September). I'd like to try and hang But am finding that the pots are very root bound will this effect the spring bulbs within. Graham, Thanks so much for this. that I’ve now got so many that there won’t be room for them this year. They often know an awful lot about a wide range of plants, and have limited specific knowledge of each species. Also the plants are very bushy, so should I cut them down and if so ,how much. I would be inclined to cut them back by about a third at this stage. yes, wrap each root well in newspaper and stack them in your garage, preferably upright, for the winter, I wouldn’t recommend hanging them as the roots may dry out too much and might not recover next spring. Geraniums are hardy plants that can tolerate overwintering inside. I’ve never heard of this method before so can’t say whether it would be effective or not, but if it worked for you last year then its worth a go again! All rights reserved. They’re not targeted by rabbits, and slugs and snails will eat other plants in preference. they have turned black from the frost.Can I do anything to save them, will the roots be ok ?? Trailing Geraniums Ivy-leafed Trailing Geraniums look stunning in window boxes and hanging baskets giving a profusion of colour throughout the summer months. But if you are feeling lazy then you don’t even need to uproot them – just move the pot to a cool, frost free position and reduce watering. Wintering geraniums causes plants to produce larger flowers as plants mature in years. The foliage can remain on the plant too and the light level in the shed should be adequate as the plants will be dormant anyway. Hi Karen, Hi Maria, yes that sounds like a good solution to me! The compost is fairly dry. 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