I have pruned mine back to new growth. Will they survive the winter. 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. Wintering geraniums causes plants to produce larger flowers as plants mature in years. Hi Graham It’s mostly a case of keeping an eye on the plants. Hi Graham Graham, When you say cut back for geraniums…to what approx. All the best I have pelargoniums in unheated conservatory , Essex UK, and they are flowering. Cover the whole plants with several layers of fleece. 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. I have never heard of this method before – not sure whether it would work or not, although I would be concerned about the plastic bag reducing ventilation and encouraging disease. You will need to lift the fleece in the daytime and vent the frame to allow good air circulation. They’re not targeted by rabbits, and slugs and snails will eat other plants in preference. Thanks Graham. The compost is fairly dry. I have removed the Ivy leaved trailing Pelargoniums plants from my hanging baskets hopping to keep the plants for next year. Wetting them too much will cause mould and rot to set in! Overwintering trailing geranium Question: I have a trailing geranium in a hanging basket that has large, beautiful flowers. Don’t forget to check on them from time to time though, for signs of mould etc! Fuchsias, geraniums and verbena are all tender perennials, meaning plants that are not cold hardy. All the best Most hardy geraniums thrive in light shade, whilst the smaller alpine types do best in full sun. by Graham (west yorks) i have a few geraniums i wish to overwinter after removing from the garden. Have no Garden shed, our cellar too small and the underground garage is forbidden to store anything except vehicles! Graham, I should say that my shed is quite dark inside, so maybe for me it’s not a good idea to put my geraniums there for the winter. Your email address will not be published. Do you have any other pages please I need help with my indoor African violets. How to Care for Your Geranium Rozanne in Winter Rozanne goes dormant during winter, but doesn’t die – although you may think so by her disappearance!. Geraniums will grow tall and leggy if they're not pruned regularly. Slightly reduce the amount of watering but do not stop altogether. Hi Jacqui Thanks for your help. I have bought a plastic greenhouse and have placed them in there with other plants. Do I have to cut them back? Misnomer: We commonly refer to Pelargoniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) as ‘geraniums’ but that’s not their botanical name. The whole plant can be overwintered for … Sue. Graham. 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. just keep an eye on them and if they look exceptionally dry then moisten them slightly, literally just a few drops of water will suffice . 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. Fuchsias are a perennial, but because they can be finicky during the colder months, many people treat them like annuals, replacing them each year. A minimum temperature here is +5c over night. That’s exactly how I overwinter my geraniums, I lift them and then roll the root balls up individually in newspaper and keep them in my shed, It won’t hurt to put a few sheets of newspaper loosely over the top as well, for a bit of extra insulation! All the best you can happily have the bulbs in the same pot but the compost will become exhausted fairly quickly, regular watering is the key to successful container gardening and so is feeding the plants too! You can then ‘store’ your geraniums in winter. Sue. Good luck Hi Tony, yes, I’d definitely do that, the greenhouse is the best option (better air circulation/light etc) I hope this helps Sorry if these are daft questions, I am rather new to gardening, but bought quite a few pelargoniums last year that I would like to keep if possible, but don’t have a greenhouse or suitable window ledge in our house. Hello Graham We had a massive display in early May, and they continued all through the summer into Autumn. 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. Graham. Shall I repot it, cut it back or what can I do? I have a small plastic greenhous, a garden shed and a cold frame which is susceptible to slugs!!. Hi, can I just put the whole pot, I have about 10 of them, in the garage over winter? 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! once the roots are wrapped in paper does there have to be light in my shed for them to survive? Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. I have put them safely back inside . All the best How should I proceed with them re the fly and cutting back? Water well, place in good light & keep frost free. How far should I restrict watering over the winter? If it were me I would simply clean the plants up, removing any plant debris. Copyright © Thompson & Morgan, 2004-2019. 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. Cease feeding with a nitrogen rich fertiliser instead feed lightly with a tomato plant fertiliser. I hope this helps I re-potted a couple and left a few in their original outdoor pots. I triple-fleeced mine last year. Hi Jane, This next weekend they must go out and currently are hardening to colder weather on my patio. Perfect! 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. True geraniums are hardy. Graham. I have potted up all my oudoor plants and will be keeping them at my daughter’s. I will try this. Thank you for an enlightening column. Should I prune them back. Hi Pat, other than repotting, and cleaning off the roots with water before transplanting, there is no sure-fire way of removing any bugs that might be in the soil. Some fuchsia varieties, such as 'Genii', are hardy and don't need any special treatment overwinter. Graham. Buy trailing geraniums: Delivery by Crocus We use cookies to provide you with a better service and experience. Cease feeding with a nitrogen rich fertiliser instead feed … It can be a slightly bigger pot, or if space is short, brush compost from around the roots and repot back into the same pot. (so the newspaper is really acting like a pot ?) All the best Graham. There is already a few new shoots near to the plants base. Mine are all in pots, so I just bring them in & put them in the bright utility room until risk of frost has gone. Select Your Cookie Preferences. 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! Sue. All the best Are your gardens particularly sheltered, or do you have a micro-climate that means better winter temperatures? Hi there. 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. Sue. Graham, Hi I’ve dug mine out of the garden shaken all surplus soil off. Firstly, pot you geraniums up if they are not already in pots, then over the months of october and November reduce the watering until the compost it almost dry. All the best UK grown plug plants supplied for the best quality results possible. Thanks Graham that’s really helpful.I can make a start now before its too late and the frosts start. Secondly, prune the plants back to remove all the soft growth, the material removed can be used as softwood stem cuttings. All the best How to Overwinter Fuchsias. In borders or beds, plant in fertile, neutral to alkaline soil. Deryck, I agree with you entirely – I would just bring them indoors, give them a trim and reduce watering throughout the winter. 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? Buy online with 30 day replacement or refund guaranteed. Graham. If they are heading outside then I would recommend keeping them in a cold frame or similarly sheltered spot. Perennial Lobelia in winter will die back. The fleece alternative will also work, but make sure that the fleece doesn’t touch the plants – especially when it’s wet! (I overwintered one plant for 7 years!). Plants that are just a few years old can produce flower heads the size of softballs. Keep some horticultural fleece to hand that can be thrown over them at night just to keep out the chills. Prune the geranium back by one-third. All the best I will wrap them up to be sure. Most are hardy to United States Department of Agriculture zones 2 to 10. 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. That said, I’m always open to new ideas! It doesn’t sound as though they are very happy. All the best All the best Water the pot thoroughly and place in a cool but well lit part of your house. All these plants have fleshy tubers, rhizomes (underground stems) or corms that can survive in a dormant state when lifted and stored. Geranium Mixed Cerise Tint Trailing Hanging Baskets From £16.99 so can I cut them in half now or would I be better just wrapping them in newspaper and hanging them in the garage or greenhouse? What are your thoughts? All the best Cheers If not, let it “take its chance” and buy something more agreeable next year! Our plug plant selection which includes the beautiful Geranium Trailing Precision Burgundy Bicolour and Geranium Trailing Precision Burgundy Red, have been tried and tested to give maximum effect with minimum fuss. Thank you, Hi Paddy, Keeping geraniums over winter also saves money—money that you can spend on … Learn how to grow pelargoniums in your garden with the RHS expert guide on choosing, planting, feeding, pruning and propagating plants. Hi Graham. I would definitely cut it back as geraniums will readily re-shoot further down the stem to give the plant a better shape. They hsve gotten a little leggy. My neighbour does not cover his geraniums but they are in a border that is close to his house. Overwintering geraniums. All the best Geraniums are hardy plants that can tolerate overwintering inside. I am wondering if this was just because we had hardly any frost, or perhaps this position provides sufficient protection. There are three choices: This video will take you through the steps you need to care for your geraniums and pelargoniums over winter: Hi, I brought my geraniums into the conservatory (cool, lots of light) 10 days ago. I would like to leave in my garden rather than have to mess about lifting them !! It was the best show I've ever had. Hi Amanda, it’s tricky to say for sure, if it’s really well sheltered then they could be fine, I would be tempted to add extra insulation, such as newspaper, corrugated cardboard or bubble wrap to help keep a constant temperature though – better to be safe than sorry! But most varieties are half-hardy and would be killed by the frost if left outdoors all winter. Graham. This has been so helpful, first year I’ve put my gerainums in a green house over winter , Very excited . Good luck with them It may be that it is too cold in your porch, especially if the soil is sitting quite wet. 3. Increase ventilation around them by spacing them out a little if you can. If it dies, then I will just buy a new one next year like I always do, but this is … Keep the soil barely moist throughout winter with just the occasional drop of water as and when required. They all died. I hope this helps If they are still alive in the spring then you can cut them back to healthy growth, and they will begin to produce new leaves. However if these aren’t available then pop them into a cold frame in a sheltered position close to a wall or fence. All the best I start afresh each season with Geranium as they are relatively cheap and grow them on from plugs. Trailing petunias Started by gobs on General Gardening 7 Replies 2035 Views May 05, 2017, 22:50 by Paul Plots Trailing petunias Started by mrs bouquet on General Gardening 4 Replies 697 Views April 19, 2019, 15:25 by Unfortunately I left my geraniums in the ground whilst I was on holiday. Beautiful Geraniums gently cascading over the side of summer baskets and planters are a marvellous sight. Hi Graham If a particularly cold spell is forecast then cover the frame with extra layers. Cold and wet are a lethal combination. Required fields are marked *. we have another blog all about taking geranium vuttings right here! I'm looking for some advice about overwintering Geraniums. Hello You may need to give them a light spray of fungicide too. However, I have a question. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies. Our conservatory window sills are currently full of flowering geraniums- a lovely splash of colour on these dreary grey January days. Which? Please let me know if you need anything else. All the best Probably! Thanks for your reply. i fancy potting up and keeping indoors. I have nowhere in the home these can be placed. First, tidy them up by removing all dead, dying, damaged or diseased growth, and cut them back by around half - or more if necessary - … Amazon.co.uk: trailing geraniums Select Your Cookie Preferences We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. 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). Although it’s not absolutely necessary, in exceptionally cold areas it’s a good idea to do some “wintering” to help her along the cold months so she can bloom fiercely come spring and summer . Jan, Hi Jan will hardy geraniums survive the winter outside ?? thanks . I’ve put my geraniums in pots in a garage without windows.I’m leaving a flourescent light on in the garage for about 4 hours a day, will this work the same as natural lighting. Take semi-ripe hardwood cuttings before frost in October and keep in a frost free room to root over winter. Don’t add it to the compost heap. On warm winter days, it will use water more quickly than on the cooler days in the house. Thank you again. Do you mean around the stems or around the flowers? The corm is still in the process of fattening up for overwintering. I have it next to the wall where it seems to like it. Hi Hazel, All the best Hi Graham, when do you repot them up after being wrapped in newspaper over winter and do you give any water at any time? Water them very sparingly but don’t allow them to dry out completely as Pelargoniums don’t actually go dormant over winter. This system works just fine. 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. No Comments Overwintering geraniums – As the season draws to a close its time to save you summer geraniums before the hard frosts arrive.To do this dig up you geranium plants and cut them back to the main structure of the plant just leaving a frame work of the larger branches.The softer grow removed can be used to create softwood cuttings. He has a great display the following year after being left in the soil. Sue. Its February , I concur with the article, flowering during the winter. I hope this helps repotting it, or at least changing the compost and giving it a new lease of life is never a bad idea either! It just keeps on getting bigger. If the stems get the frost then the plant will die and not recover! You really are very kind and helpful and give details that I, as an ancient but fairly new gardener. Very few of us have enough frost-free room to keep every plant, especially if they have grown very large. Mine over wintered outside this year too. They are far too big to store in my greenhouse as they are, (& I don’t have big enough pots!) Have got about 50+ still flowering geraniums that I bought as plugs quite late in the season, so everything happened much later than in everyone else's garden. However, I do grow them in a very sheltered position next to the house wall. Do they still need light ? Graham, Thanks Graham…Very much appreciated. If the forecast is for heavy frost then you might have to take the plants inside your house for a few days or heat the green house to provide frost protection. We are going to be moving the beginning of January (landlords selling the house, so most likely we will be in temporary accommodation until we can find somewhere else). All the best 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! Over wintering geraniums in a cold green house is simple as long as you follow these steps. I left my geraniums outside in the ground all winter and amazingly they all appear to have survived. Or be better to leave them outside but covered with many layers of the fleece stuff from garden centres? That is why, in some climates, they are sold as annual flowers. I assume you still leave the foliage sticking out above the newspaper? However, we do recommend that if your heater has a thermostat, set it at 5°C or 41°F. 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. Thank you so much, Hi If you could prop the garage door open during the day to allow light and air in then they would be fine. if you can put the plants somewhere as sheltered as possible, place them in a group and use bubble wrap around he pots to protect the roots and a generous amount of fleece around the tops then they have a very strong chance of surviving. Need some more advice!! Regards Sue, Hello Using an insecticide would probably prove ineffective. When You take in the geraniums shake off all soil from the roots, soak the roots in a bucket for an hour and then hang upside down in a cool place i.e. Fuchsias, geraniums and verbena are all tender perennials, meaning plants that are not cold hardy. If, however, you have neither a greenhouse nor a spare room for pots of geraniums, you can try hanging up the old plants in the garage over winter. There are several ways to overwinter geraniums ( Pelargoniums) from your garden. 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. Graham. Helpful advice. 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. If you live in an area where your flower garden faces the danger of frost, you will need to winterize ivy geraniums. I know I’m a gardening geek, but it’s just so gratifying to see those first little bits of green popping out. Also the plants are very bushy, so should I cut them down and if so ,how much. 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! Sue. Glad to hear your Geraniums are off to a flying start!! I am located in Southern Michigan, USA USDA zone5/6, Hi Doug, © 2006–2007 Gardening tips and gardening advice database — Sitemap — Cutline by Chris Pearson, Winter gardening – looking after your tender plants, Keeping your garden tidy after your bulbs have finished flowering, Problems with squirrels and rabbits with your newly planted bulbs, Keeping your garden tidy after your bulbs have flowered, What to grow in your cold greenhouse in the winter, One day gardening course from GardenAdvice a great Christmas present for the gardener in your life. 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! Grow these on in a bright, warm (7-21°C/45-70°F) place until ready to plant out. Please could you tell me the best way to over winter geraniums in a cold greenhouse? Anne, Hi Annette, That will be fine; I wouldn’t worry about feed at this stage, use fresh vompost where possible though. Also, I didn’t cut them back when I brought them in. Geraniums are perennials that require special care in the winter because they cannot survive hard frosts. The T&M blog has a wealth of knowledgeable contributors. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Where to plant. Just £1.49 for a single plug or £6.99 for a pack of 6! 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. I hope the above helps you out. I personally leave all of my Pelargoniums outdoors each winter and they survive perfectly well. 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