|Geranium to be overwintered|
We’re three-quarters of the way through October, and as I look out our kitchen window, I see a geranium blooming in the cool, fall weather. In just a few days, I suppose, a hard frost will kill the geranium. But what if I overwinter it—and replant it in the garden next spring?
Overwintering geraniums isn’t something most busy gardeners take the time to do these days, but in times past gardeners often took geraniums from their gardens and stored them overwinter. I remember a neighbor, Mary Rau, moving potted geraniums into their garage to dry out and overwinter.
Why was that a fairly common fall routine? Perhaps they were Frugal Gardeners who wanted to save money, and overwintering their geraniums meant they didn’t have to buy new plants the next spring. Perhaps it was something just about everyone did before the dawn of the buy-use-discard era.
|Soil shaken off, plant pruned|
I had planted our geranium in our springtime garden, so mine was not a case where I could just pick up a pot and move it into the garage. I focused on the website page that showed how to store a bareroot plant. I dug up the plant, shook off most of the soil, pruned the plant to about half its original size, and put it into a grocery bag to overwinter in our garage, where it will be in no danger of freezing this winter. I’ve already put “Check geranium” twice on my schedule, once each in December and February. If all goes well, I’ll pot it in March to start the reviving process, and plant it in the garden again in May. Iannotti’s posting details each step.
|Close bag, store in our garage|
If you’re tempted to try to overwinter a geranium and want to see how to do it, Iannotti’s article will give you the basics. CLICK HERE.
And remember the obvious: You have to do this job before frost kills your geranium, and most of us are overdue for our first fall freeze.