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How do I Overwinter Pelargoniums?

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I've really enjoyed this whimsy pelargonium with scented leaves and would like to overwinter it. Any tips and advice on overwintering is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Thanks for the excellent advice everybody. Here it is in my spare back bedroom window. See how it's greened up nicely and has no intentions of going dormant.


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In your area, I would keep it in a sunny window indoors, since this is how favored Pelargoniums are kept over in Flagstaff, AZ. You could also keep cuttings in water over the winter, as long as you keep changing the water, and occasionally add a little dilute fertilizer.

25 Nov, 2016

 

Another year you'll find August is a good time to get cuttings rooted. I would dig the plant up and pot it and keep it under glass somewhere. It doesn't need to be warm - it is damp that kills them as long as they don't get frosted.The colder the room the drier it needs to be. It may be rather leggy by the spring but cuttings should root successfully once it starts to grow some likely shoots. I don't think they would root over winter in water in our location - difficult to know about different countries effect on them.

25 Nov, 2016

 

If you keep it in a sunny window, Paul, do not be tempted to water it too often. I've learnt that Pelargoniums survive better if kept fairly dry (no water more than once a week), and sheltered from frost. Hope you get lucky!

25 Nov, 2016

 

Thank you all for your advice. Sounds like my back bedroom window is just the place for it to overwinter. I'll be taking a few cuttings as well.

25 Nov, 2016

 

back bedroom window sounds perfect Paul. Mine are in the rarely heated [a couple of hours in the evening to take the chill off] conservatory. Survival is good but I do keep them very dry. they originate more from Mediterranean type locations.

25 Nov, 2016

 

OK, that certainly helps Seaburgirl - not having to "babysit" them too much.

25 Nov, 2016

 

thank you everybody, very conclusive advice.... Will try everything you have said. Always been wondering.

8 Dec, 2016

 

Yes, thanks everybody. I've done everything you said now it still wants to bloom and sending up flower buds. Should I cut off the buds or just let it go?

8 Dec, 2016

 

enjoy the flowers Paul they were initiated several weeks ago. Mine throw out the odd flower all winter and bring some cheerful colour.

8 Dec, 2016

 

And what did I do after all that good advice? Left them outside too long and the frost got them, lol.

8 Dec, 2016

 

They can be tricky Sue . . . one of mine (in a cold greenhouse) is looking very gloomy, but so far the cuttings look healthy. Win some, lose some :)

9 Dec, 2016

 

It can be so mild here the frost took me unawares - last winter they stayed outside all winter under a south wall. Surprising they survived actually, as although it was mild it was wet and they hate that. Anyway it was time I had some more really - had those for years...

9 Dec, 2016

 

We just had our first arctic blast that nothing can survive. Everything got "flash frozen" but my pelargoniums were spared.

10 Dec, 2016

 

yes saw on the news today you'd taken a direct polar vortex snow hit. hope you stay warm and safe.

10 Dec, 2016

 

Thank you.

10 Dec, 2016

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