If you live in a cooler climate where your winters will definitely destroy your plants and flowers, you may find it hard to overwinter your plants, maybe even impossible. But today we'll show you how to overwinter geraniums the RIGHT way, no matter how cold your winters get. That's right – you no longer have to throw out your beloved geraniums. This method will ensure that by spring they'll be good to go again, plus it will save you a ton of money in the long run!
How to Overwinter Geraniums – A Gardening Guide
- Remove each individual geranium plant from its pot gently and shake off any excess soil from the roots.
- Cut the greens and stems back to about 2 inches.
- Place all of the plants in a paper bag and store in a dark place such as a closet or basement.
- Once a month, mark your calendar or set an alarm on your phone to take your plants out and spray them.
- Once sprayed, lay them out on a paper towel and let dry. Place them back in the paper bag.
- About 4-6 weeks before you're ready to bring your geraniums outdoors, take them out of the paper bag and place them in a jar of water in a sunny window.
- You will start seeing the stems get nice and green.
- Once your plants start forming buds, plant them in pots.
It's really just that easy to overwinter geraniums! This way, you're not wasting your already grown/purchased geraniums and saving money as well!
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What do you spray them with? Just water?
Yes, sorry about that – just water 🙂
Do you place the entire plant in water at the end or just the roots? Thanks!
You would just place the roots of the plant in water, not the entire plant 🙂
I live in northern CA and it gets below freezing sometimes. As Im getting older I don’t relish the thought of having to pull them up and then replant them again. Can I leave them in their pots trim and clean the plants putting a light protective cover around them and move them into the covered patio?
It will all depend on how cold it gets and how hardy the actual plant is. You could certainly try it, but I can’t guarantee that will work.
Is it better to bring the entire geranium (still in it’s container) inside, or to do this method?