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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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    We used to, but they're so cheap to buy, we just get new ones every Spring. emoticon
    1618 days ago
    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.
    1618 days ago
    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

    Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    1618 days ago
    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
    1618 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/16/2013 7:21:48 PM
    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.
    1619 days ago
    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
    1619 days ago
    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.
    1619 days ago
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