They have more varieties than you ever knew existed — and of herbs as well, of course. How to Winterize Strawberry Plants in the Ground First, ensure that the plants are truly dormant by checking the crowns to make certain there is no active new growth growing. Sara – So sorry I missed your question! I just thought I’d share a few sources of scented pelargoniums (geraniums) I’ve ordered from scentedgeraniumsofne.com in the past with good success. The plant offered is over 5 years old with a stout, well branched 1 inch wide trunk standing 5 inches tall. I wonder if you use phosporus in a plant if it can be present in the pollen and hurt pollinators like bees. I’ll try to keep posting progress of butchered geraniums. Since there are no lower leaves, how far back should I cut the plants and root balls?? After an mishap rendezvous with our pot belly pig, i have only one surviving geranium instead of a dozen…i am going to use your method & make startlings out of the cuttings. I’m repotting them in Miracle-Gro moisture-control potting soil, as I sometimes don’t get around to watering them until 2 weeks have passed. And watered it till.the water ran out the bottom.the color of this germanium is a,peach orange a beautiful color. This is a good article on the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus on the ocean and ocean life. If your potting mix already contains plant food, you needn’t add osmocote or anything else until the geraniums are of flowering size. The last couple of years I’ve been sticking my hardwood cuttings at the end of winter/early spring. Thanks for all the great tips and news! Cutting back any of these plants will cause new side-shoots to form. Mine are quite leggy because I wintered them inside last year without doing any trimming. Pictured above: Zonal, scented-leaved, and fancy-leaved geraniums in my Library/Den window in February, 2008. Thank you SO much for the detailed directions. Very enlightening and inspiring. I also have one the man at Lowes called Austrailian Geranium. Their plants are said to be suprrisingly large and well-established, sometimes blooming when they arrive. Great read! Enjoy your news letter. Do you see any dead or rotting stems? So once I bring them in, in they stay. I have not fertilized. Now I allow new growth. I have always loved them. I also have the glass water globes stuck in the soil, one or two per plant depending on its size. The pictures and explanations were so clear and concise. During the dormant period, I check my geraniums for any sign of bugs and if necessary, I gently mist them with my preferred insecticide (soapy water); if you are going to use something other than soapy water, check your municipal bylaws for a list of less toxic products. They look pitiful now so hope I can revive them. not now You can keep your beautiful snow in the Hudson valley . I’ve overwintered them semi-successfully in their pots for years, but this year tried advice of a friend by taking them out of pots & bagging them. You can also steep the leaves in full-fat milk, and then use the milk to make scented icing for cakes and cupcakes. Tried your super-easy, mega-delicious Blueberry Peach Cobbler last week with great success (thanks). Well. I tried the petunia cuttings and did everything you said but none of them made it. Every winter I just bring them inside, put them insouth facing windows, and water once a month. And I will now revive some very prolific (but somewhat tired) geraniums, as per your simple, friendly, instructions. I’ve been nursing along some tired-looking zonal geraniums for several years. DO pinch off all flowering buds. Kevin, should I add the phosphorous every time I water? My geraniums bloom from May to October (or later). Your photos are fabulous and explanation of each step so easily understood by someone who sometimes has issues reading instructions (the photo’s help!) I haven’t seen any new growth yet though. Hi Laura – Yellowing leaves can be the result of several factors, including too-low humidity, too much or too little water, not enough light, or a lack of nutrients. They can handle up to two degrees of frost but ideally should be maintained between 2 degrees and 15 degrees C. I have taken cuttings from the larger plants as well. The first two years it… Q. My Wintering Over Experiments - Organic Gardening Advice & Tips. I was wondering why my overwintering geraniums get yellow leaves at the bottom (usually) of the plants. Set the plant in a bright but sunless location outdoors. What would I do without you?! I’m not sure you can even understand what I am trying to tell you so I’ll just have to say, Thank you…from the bottom of my heart, Thank you. Thank you, Kevin, I’ve got them in a big raised bed (60cms high, 1.5m square) with glads, lilies and aquilegias. I try to water all my plants every Sunday. I still shy away from putting my slips in soil. I think your plants are beautiful and your page has added immeasurable sunshine to my life…. I just a,few minutes ago planted it in a 4″ pot. I have lots of 4 in. HI Ruth – Sounds like you’re becoming a geranium-rejuvenating pro! The medium sized knife I use in the garden was removed from a parolee arrested by my husband many years ago. ASPARAGUS MARY WASHINGTON Pack of 2. (Geranium, Coleus, Passiflora, Sweet Potato Vine, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Verbena, Hypoestes, Roses, Pittosporum, Persian Shield, Angel Wing Begonia). Thank you. I have used the winter prep you describe on geraniums for years. Hi I stumbled upon your website while searching for window garden information. Love this post. I’m in western Mass. Well, I guess I could put the pictures on my website – if I can figure out how to do that! Geraniums are easy to over-winter. Have told many about it. Kevin, How do you manage to water all your window plants through winter without carrying them all to the sink? Thanks! Just read through your geranium tutorial. And that’s it! Hi Robert – Yes, like Dorothy in Oz. I’ve already got some really good geranium slips going and plan on doing even more this weekend. X Research source A pot bigger than 15 US gal (57 L) will be really hard to move around. Place the stem in the pencil-dibbled hole…. Your re-post of this article gives me a chance to thank you again for it. I’ve planted dahlias for the first time this year; looking forward to seeing if they like this garden. I tried to sign up for your newsletter but it would not accept any of the crazy words you have to type in. To keep the foliage off the plastic itself, I support the bag with home made bamboo “skewers” which are the slim side branches of my harvested black bamboo canes. This month I will cut them back and take cuttings, and then I will fertilize. I have these in pots in an east window and water them once per week. We heat our home with electric heat and a wood stove. Should I follow the same method of cutting them way back and repotting them with fresh soil? They should do fine and require minimal attention. I am a avid Geranium lover and would like to find some scented plants to grow. However, a question about the leaves. Be sure to have a look-see…. I planted a leaf per your instructions. Was it like Dorothy opening the door in The Wizard of Oz or what?? Thanks for your blog, I do enjoy reading it. Phosporus is not good for the ocean. Hi, Mr. Kevin! Hi Kevin. As always, your words are the sunshine of my life. Be well. I have 3 large geranium in my Cold garage for the winter (central Al). I think one of them has bloomed in last 2 years. Plants can grow to a height of about 2 feet tall with the main stem reaching about 2 inches in diameter. and I’ve gotten too old to enjoy the invigorating experience of shoveling snow .We used to live in Larchmont , NY when the kids were little…. Thanks for the great info. Add new soil so the new roots have new material to grow into. Do you want what I want? Top Questions About . This time I am trying your method, cutting the root ball in half and rejuvenating the the old uglies. –>Seeking rose-scented leaves now Armed with your helpful instructions, I’ll be cutting up my pelargoniums in the next two weeks too. Then let me show you how, exactly, to prepare these popular summer plants for winter-beauty indoors. Lastly, what a beautiful photo of the moth! Is there any chance the trimmed off root mass would grow if it was planted with new potting soil above and below it? On the good side, I can now see what has survived over the winter. A Hummingbird Moth! And then firmly pack the soil down with your thumbs. However, if you say this works, I’m going for it! I was successful much to my delight and surprise. I started out with about 25, but through attrition now have about 15-18. There are no "secrets" to growing geraniums/pelargoniums - all they require is sun and watering when the soil dries or the temps climb. The winter cold can kill off these pests, so if you do prune off the old foliage right away as the flowers are emerging, it takes away the hiding place of any garden snails and kills off any whiteflies or mold that may be hanging about, ready to get a foothold. I’d not been able to keep geraniums alive past May here in AZ (probably because of the heat) but will try your method starting in late March/April when the plants are still strong and temperatures below 100. Water is sparingly applied only once a month from November through to March and the dead or dying leaves are tidied up. Never realized you could scent milk for baking with scented geraniums!! The older 1 has only bloomed once in the old location, which was beside the house with morning sun. I have three huge geraniums, nurtured through 3-4 winters, that need to be tamed and revitalized. I was so happy to read your clear, precise instructions with those fantastic pictures, I broke into my happy dance! I posted one of your posts on one of my facebook and pinned this one. Information provided on this Website is believed to be correct to the best of our knowledge. I think Husband worries that our house will be overtaken by plants! Yesterday we saw a strange bug on our roses and my husband thought it was a strange variety of Hummingbird. Such a simple plant and yet they are so generous with their beauty. Love your blogs and pictures.+. Thank you again, If I cut them back do I necessairly need to cut the roots? I’m hoping to try this myself in a month or two. (same plant by the way )… They really do make a “winter house ” smell good. Mom passed away 1 1/2 months ago and while I am so sad, she still inspires me. So, are you considering ideas for getting going on a gardening book? Thanks for the great tips! I start at the end of September or up to mid October, removing my geraniums from their large planter pots or from the garden. But not enough that will drain off and run into the ocean. It has been repinned a number of times already. If they root, fine, if not, okay, too. I have cut some of my leggy, woody ones almost to the soil, so some have only 4 or 5 brown stubs (with green showing on the cuts). If I sound sappy, I’ll attribute that to a rainy afternoon and some good chardonnay. If you browse the houseplants category on this website, you’ll find pictures of scented-leaved and big-flowered geraniums displayed in my various winter window gardens over the years. I don’t think I would have been this ventuorous on Also, use the end tip of the cutting, meaning, don’t cut off the blossom end and stick in a middle part of stem and expect good results. You are such a wonderful inspiration for me. Each year I do bring in my geraniums and they have gotten straggly over the years. Remove the lower 2 inches of leaves from each stem. great fun then. From the two I bought I made eight new plants. ((((hug hug))). You have definitely been the role model for Delicious Living. Have a wonderful week. Or “thumb,” if you are holding a camera while you work. Yes, cutting the old roots off is important. The dome draws my attention to the new plant, keeping it on the “front burner” and properly attended to amidst the piles of potted specimens that surround me. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the saame old Thank you! Thanks again. This will help the plants get bushier and give you even more plants. I was also wondering, do you pinch the cuttings back as they grow to keep them bushy, or is this not necessary? Restored plants can bloom as early as December, while plants grown from cuttings usually won’t set buds until the days lengthen in February or March. I am going to share some with friends on Valentine’s Day. The 58-year-old health care administrator dug into his first garden when he was 12 and living on his parents' dairy farm. For sure it has a negative impact on the ocean and thus ocean life. I have abused this tool at length and it still does the job. Hi Betty819 – You can start the cuttings in plastic or clay. ha!) Kevin, if you are still reading this thread, is it too soon to be taking cuttings from a scented geranium in early Feb? Had no idea I could have them blooming in the house in winter. I’ll have to pin more of your helpful tips :o). Then, as pictured above, make vertical cuts to slice through soil and roots. I hung my spider plant on a limb of the dogwood and it did exceptionally well too and has lots of new babies. What a blessing it is to find a new seedling! Insert a pencil in the center of the soil, to a depth which approximates the length of your cutting. We can get very harsh winters, down to -20C, with deep snow, but for the last two years the winters were long but not so … I put my large pot of geraniums in the garage last year over winter…occasionally watering and they came back in spring. Since I live in NM and receive plenty of winter sun, I too overwinter my plants. Consequently if you find one, be sure to propagate it! I have 5 large and leggy geraniums that my daughter gave me for Mother’s Day 4 years ago. But how do I prepare my leggy geraniums for going back outside this spring? When I had the big house with great windows I used to do this… Now I don’t have enough good windows for many indoor plants and I miss them . As for geranium and other cuttings, you’ll know they have rooted when new leaves appear on the stems. This is very helpful because my geraniums get too stringy in the window in the winter. Thanks for all your information. Any suggestions on evening that out, or is that just the natural cycle? It looks enormous. I better do it tomorrow as it is September 4. Love the flowers of geraniums and especially double flowered varieties. Indeed, I’m sure I would have adored your mother! Wrentham has a population density of 206 people per square mile. because i think they would like to have a geranium flowering plant. It’s always brilliant. I like reviving some of the simple, economical practices of youre. just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. It finally died. I had cut back the plant but not as drastic as you suggest and I did not trim the roots back at all. I must tell you some time about my never blooming ‘endless summer’ hydrangea.bye now. Thanks a mill! Do you think I should try more petunia slips but keep them outside for awhile? Many thanks Kevin for the post on extending the season for pelargoniums. So many times, I think to myself that yours is the most useful blog I read. Everything is just lovely and so beautifully done. I read one time, when the nights drop to 50 degrees, bring your plants inside, this will help with the dropping of leaves, which they so often do. I’m glad I found your wonderful blog. Iwould not have thought it, as it is so blue , almost indigo blue. Then fill the pot with fresh mixture. However, I do NOW and I have all sorts of plants I bought this year that will be donating cuttings for attempt #2! You always come up with projects that are doable in scale and scope, and can be enjoyed over a several-month period. thank you thank you thankyou…..love getting your newsletter. Thanks. There’s nothing so cheerful as blooming geraniums on a winter windowsill! We’re going to fix this. I have put you on my desktop, so I can read more of you. Happy Valentine’s! I am wondering if the same procedures might work for bringing potted rosemary and lavender here in Alaska. By April I gradually move them outdoors, but avoid direct sunlight. You get WAY more lumens of light for much less electricity. Thanks so much Kevin! This gives the plants ample time to recover from root-trauma, and for cut stems to form roots before the big outdoors-to-in transition. Now to get propagating! in California, they did just fine and are continuing to do their growing outside. Have fun with your project! During the “winter” months in Arizona, they are either covered well on the patio or join me in the kitchen. I do have a few of them but they are small, like maybe a 1 c. size. I think I will try your system this year. for many years; they become leggy and thin. When you are cutting down the geraniums, do you cut down just as far as there are leaves? If I remember correctly it depletes oxygen. They can NOT handle frost. rehashed information. Now, they can be reborn again! Thanks Kevin! As for the ivy-leaved geranium, or Pelargonium peltatum, I’ve overwintered this one many times. Thanks, and Happy Holidays! The old ones get leggy and don’t produce many blooms, still I take them indoors in winter, and keep them in a sunny window. I’m going to try this technique. Do you think I’m giving them too much water? I am in SW Colorado (13,800 ft elevation) and my geraniums are quite happy on the deck from mid-June to mid-September. Aug 9, 2018 - There are several ways to overwinter geraniums (Pelargoniums). I really want to keep them going through the winter, a problem in the past, and it is always nice to have young plants coming on as well. It is almost January but we have a projected colder and longer winter here. I took both cuttings and divisions of the plant. Next I’ll do the scented geraniums. Hope so! for me i don’t think all thats necessary to do. Kevin, do you think that this technique would work for ivy geraniums? It is a hybrid of two older geraniums - G. himalayense and G. wallichianum, both of which are rated for USDA zones 4-10 and up to 24 in Sunset zones. A secret compartment in the handle? I took a small stem yesterday and to did the way to said to do inlet it dry out over night. Should I cut lower and just leave stems if they look like they have nodes low down, or do they need leaves in place for growth? feeds to my Google account. I have always wanted blue in my garden, but the blue perrienials are too short lived. I trim them well and remove any obviously dead shoots. Hi Sanna – Thanks for writing. The MGABC assumes no responsibility for its accuracy, or that it will remain current at all times. I have ordered from them several times (most recently five years ago) and their plants have always been well grown, properly labelled, nicely packed, and promptly shipped. The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place A Midwest girl transplanted to the Pacific NW many years ago. Aloe Vera is easy to raise, requires relatively little care and provides pretty foliage year round. can’t contain myself. Thank you so much for your telling how to start a,piece of it. Thank you for also inspiring me today. Great article. There is no vigorous growth during this period. Again, thanks Kevin! Again, I tidy up the dead or dying leaves and do not allow them to flower. Hi Maria – I bring mine indoors at the end of September, and before frost. Thank you so much. Plants delivered to your door with easy care instructions. I’ll share a tip I read in Mother Earth news: if you do not have chards/gravel for the drainage hole on your pots, used coffee filters work well and can be dumped on the compost pile ( I use non bleached filters). I have attempted to root geraniums and always fail. Geraniums are easy to over-winter. We pick the best plants to thrive in your environment. I hung it up on a shepherd’s hook at the back of the house where it gets morning and early afternoon Sun and is somewhat shaded at certain times of the day by a dogwood tree. One last thought for you, I have many times rooted my geranium stems, in water, that works pretty good too. In the past I found that if the geraniums bloomed during the winter, they were extremely slow to bloom once I returned them to the garden in the summer. Course the chickens don’t mind playing “rugby” with them. great post as always, I would like to try to keep my geraniums for next summer- should I take cuttings now for winter blooming, (I’m now obsessed with the idea of red geraniums on the Christmas table), but then also cut back the mother plants and pinch off any winter blooms to make sure they bloom again next summer? I trim off all large and fading leaves and remove flowers. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it Excellent! Kevin, your new web site is very classy – I love it. I am now in my second day of pruning and re-potting all my 4 doz.+ geraniums per your instructions. To answer your question, I feed my plants with Jack’s Classic Blossom Booster (as described in the article above). I’ve been watching some YouTube videos on this same subject and they almost use the same or close to how you take your cuttings. Cut these off. Some of the plants are sending up buds to bloom already. Gosh, they are already putting Christmas stuff out in the Home Depot. So disappointing! Kevin, I was so glad to read your post on the overwintering and care of zonal geraniums. I will give it a whirl and let you know how successful I am. The leaf is not in good shape, but when I gently pull on it, it seems to be stuck well in the soil, as if it has roots. Thank you so much for the tips on how to do this! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS I am having some success with the geraniums I cut back. Will be trying your suggestions. Thanks for another great idea. Leaves are healthy, but no more blooms. I found much more success (and blooms) with the cuttings. I have four ancient (15+) years old mother geraniums. I had no idea! I will be using your site again and again! I’m very You will probably discover the plant is horribly root-bound. Thanks for clarifying for me. During the spring and summer months, Aloe can grow outside in most areas. Kevin- do you have any suggestions for Martha Washington geraniums- they are so beautiful in the greenhouse that I can’t resist buying them, but within a very short time they cease blooming altogether. Have you had this problem? Gardening is a funny thing, isn’t it? clays/with saucers but don’t recall seeing any there yesterday but since I was mainly looking for the small bags of potting mix, I really didn’t pay much attention to pots. I look forward to reading even more of what you’ve so kindly shared with everyone. Hi Kevin so happy to see that you answered my question. Yours are so beautiful. Thank you so much! OKLAHOMA, This is my first year growing geraniums so finding your tutorial is a great help for me. I increase the food to one 1/2 teaspoon for the window garden plants, because they receive such long hours of light. Oh they were ok but very slow to get started in the spring/early summer out doors. You’ll need only three or four stems which show signs of life. A friend gave me a hanging geranium at the beginning of Fall 2013 to try to see if I could try overwintering it in my sunroom. Both genera belong to the family Geraniaceae. I am a geranium lover….I must have about a dozen or more big pots of them all around my place here in Kitchener Ontario Canada. Hope the soufflés are as yummy as they looked in your video! kevin, Beautiful layout and clear instructions with gorgeous photos! Ceramic houseplant pots, indoor planters, and indoor gardening supplies. Thank you Kevin for the tips on how to do geraniums these are my favourite plant & I have one which is called Rose Geranium – it is white with pink frilly edges it looks like tiny rose buds just beautiful – I hope I can keep it over the because this one is hard to come by. OH I should tell you this—you know those “suckers” that form when the plant is looking for light? It survived and is still growing and blooming but not very well. I had some beautiful dark pink geraniums that ended up on the compost pile this year. I just wanted to tell you I found this germanium bush at this place we always go to eat. The goal is to be able to center the plant in its old pot, but with a one-half or one-inch gap between the existing soil and the walls of the original pot. It is still thriving and since she passed away in 2012, it is a nice on-going reminder of her. I love humming bird moth’s. Better to keep the soil consistently moist. I also read once that in the old days when pencils were made of cedar, housewives or husbands poked the pencils into the dirt a couple weeks before they brought the plants in to get rid of the gnats. I am looking at them to cut them back, and the lowest leaves are still quite high up. Kevin you are so wonderful to keep this blog. Whether it's a tried-and-true 1940s BH&G cookie recipe or a unique twist on sugar cookies, our Test Kitchen's compiled a lot of favorite cookie recipes over the years. I dip the cuttings in hormone rooting powder and pot them in a light potting or starting soil, and pat them in firmly. In December, 2011, lavender-pink ‘Americana’ made a handsome sight in my Music Room window. I get excellent results on my ‘plant wall’ ( a five shelf wire rack from Costco. Growing up, I always remember plants all around me..in the home, outside. Hopefully they will survive the surgery and I can propogate new ones. I bought 2 and gave one to my neighbor. Then invert the pot, and, holding the bottom of the pot with your other hand, bang the rim against a hard surface. I did about 30 cuttings of three different types of geraniums. I have done this several times and it does work. When I married, I moved across country but always figured that her gardening things would be passed down to me. Btw…my nursery on Cape Cod practically gives the scented geraniums away in late fall…I have several. I will keep it in the pot. 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