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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Does anyone else bring geraniums inside for the winter?

When I was a little girl, my mother always potted up her geraniums in the fall and brought them in to sit on the windowsills for the winter. Now, it seems, most people go to the nursery in the spring to buy them, plant them outside for the summer, and then throw them out at the end of the season.

Is this because most houses don't have windowsills any more, or simply part of our disposable society?

Most years I pot up a couple of my better ones and put them on a plant stand which spends the winter in front of our door to the deck. Sort of like having a hot chicken sandwich once in a while in honour of my father, maybe.

Have a good day, everyone.
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KATHRYNLP 10/17/2013 9:54AM

    We used to, but they're so cheap to buy, we just get new ones every Spring. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/16/2013 10:48PM

    I've wondered the same thing.
I remember years ago (when I lived in a bigger house) trying some of those wintering over tips with not much success so gave up.
I have two gorgeous ones out on my front step now but their days are numbered, I'm afraid.
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NORASPAT 10/16/2013 10:33PM

    Gail we always used to prune them back and they do look awful. If you keep them dry in a very cool place and then take them up to a warmer place and water and feed them they usually do come back.
Google "how to winter-over Geraniums". There will be more tips for sure.
I checked out GOW it would be perfect I might play the lottery and then MIGHT be able to afford it. emoticon HUGS Pat

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SUSIEPH1 10/16/2013 7:21PM

    Hi Gail, haven't had geraniums for years .. They were inclined to bring the snails into my garden ..
Glad you are enjoying yours ..
Thanks for sending messages of support .. Love you xxSusie emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 10/16/2013 3:02PM

  Hi Gail.......
We bring ours in and actually store them in the basement, where they get some light, but not lots. They look terrible by Spring, but ALWAYS come back and look beautiful all summer long. I really think that they go through somewhat of a dormant stage over the winter. I have also kept them alive all winter upstairs in my eastern exposure window, but they are no healthier than the ones in the basement when put outside in the Spring.
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ALIHIKES 10/16/2013 1:51PM

    I don't have indoor plants any more. I wish I did. When I moved into this house, I damaged the carpet and the wood floor with dripping from watering the plants, so I put in fake plants (which I hate, and which don't add to the healthy air quality like real plants do). My former home had vinyl flooring, which was cheaper and harder to damage -- but of course the new home looks nicer.

I'll figure it out and have indoor plants again when I retire! I'll probably create a safe area where it's okay to spill water and little dirt! emoticon

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MENNOLY 10/16/2013 11:59AM

    I don't because I don't have windows in the right places. My "sun" room faces east and north so it gets very limited winter sun. My southern exposure has 2 average windows, I have a Christmas cactus in one and put an Amaryllis in the other.

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