Insert a pencil in the center of the soil, to a depth which approximates the length of your cutting. I dip the cuttings in hormone rooting powder and pot them in a light potting or starting soil, and pat them in firmly. They were moved to a new property in 2009, and have never bloomed here. know-how. Thank you. These aren’t your grandmother’s old-fashioned flowers. Thank you so much. I have three huge geraniums, nurtured through 3-4 winters, that need to be tamed and revitalized. Since I live Out of those, I would guess that I had 20+ that made it. 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. Pansies and violas now come in dozens of colors, color combinations, bloom sizes, … 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. I take 3-4″ cuttings (sometimes more on leggy ones), stick them in their assigned glass to harden over for a day or two and then fill them with ordinary tap water. If your potting mix already contains plant food, you needn’t add osmocote or anything else until the geraniums are of flowering size. I just wanted to tell you I found this germanium bush at this place we always go to eat. aaahhh Kevin!! The children thought it was a bee. Love scented geraniums too but haven’t been successful with those either. It is still thriving and since she passed away in 2012, it is a nice on-going reminder of her. I haven’t seen any new growth yet though. Don’t miss anything at A Garden for the House…sign up for Kevin’s weekly updates. Any further tips? I like reviving some of the simple, economical practices of youre. This area has the worst weeds ever! I took a small stem yesterday and to did the way to said to do inlet it dry out over night. I never tried letting them get a callus but I will definitely try that this year. I have been looking all over the internet and stumbled across your blog. Especially about overwintering petunias, which I had no idea you could do until last year when an acquaintance mentioned to me that she does it every year. Looking forward to doing this your way this year. Kevin, How do you manage to water all your window plants through winter without carrying them all to the sink? Yes, cutting the old roots off is important. Leaves can wither if the soil is permitted to dry out between waterings. Thanks Kevin! Wow, I’m so glad I did, you have so much information regarding houseplants, care tips, propagation, and how to water that I am kicking up my heels! I haven’t too much space in the house for larger plants near windows, but I want to use them for next year, rather than start over with all new plants. Thank you for this post. What is the smallest size clay pot that I can start the cutttings in? feeds to my Google account. Thanks so much! I am excited about reading more on your site. Ohh the vases! I’m going to try this technique. So thanks for your posts and all the great info I get from ya. If, after pressing down, the soil level drops more than one inch below the top of the pot, just add a little more mixture and re-adjust the stem. Out of the total city population, 50.2% are female and 49.8% are male. (Don’t ask) Is it too late to plant them outside? I’m very What a blessing it is to find a new seedling! Love your blogs and pictures.+. OH I should tell you this—you know those “suckers” that form when the plant is looking for light? Pansies and Violas are easy-care flowers that thrive in cool weather and add a bright spot to garden beds and container plantings. Place the plants under fluorescent lights. It’s kind of hard to decide between beautiful plants and ocean life but think dolphins and manatees and this will help. Again, thanks Kevin! You are simply an unending source of knowledge!!! A secret compartment in the handle? No east or south window for you? Christine. I try to water all my plants every Sunday. I trim off all large and fading leaves and remove flowers. , I tell you Kevin, you are always right on target! You will know that your cuttings have rooted when new growth becomes evident. Geraniums were a “welcome” gift when people moved to these Rocky Mountain early mining towns; ladies would take a flowering start to a newcomer. Thanks for all the great tips and news! . I have tried rooting geraniums in the past with mixed success. Super Thrive. Aug 9, 2018 - There are several ways to overwinter geraniums (Pelargoniums). I am in SW Colorado (13,800 ft elevation) and my geraniums are quite happy on the deck from mid-June to mid-September. And then firm it down with a paint stick, a Popsicle stick, or a plant label (as above). I get excellent results on my ‘plant wall’ ( a five shelf wire rack from Costco. You’ll find my Holiday cactus tutorial in this post: November Brilliance: The “Thanksgiving Cactus”. Hi Jeanne – I’ve found the Zebra plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) to be tricky to grow –it demands the high humidity of a jungle! As for the ivy-leaved geranium, or Pelargonium peltatum, I’ve overwintered this one many times. Am definitely going to do this. I brought my plants in & found my new neighbors have used the area for shoes and a basket of winter apparel. Recommendation for those doing the same with petunias: soak the new potting soil so it is good and wet, and keep watering it well for the first 2 weeks while the plant snips adjust to being on their own and not part of a big plant. I don’t think I would have been this ventuorous on Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! All my little geraniums are lined up on my southern window sill….can’t wait for them to bloom. Thanks for the great tips! Many thanks Kevin for the post on extending the season for pelargoniums. ((((hug hug))). I am now in my second day of pruning and re-potting all my 4 doz.+ geraniums per your instructions. Thanks for the tutorial. After we eat squash or pumpkin, I throw the seeds all over our yard, ala Johnny Appleseed. So, your lesson on doing it right makes a big difference. During the spring and summer months, Aloe can grow outside in most areas. Plants can grow to a height of about 2 feet tall with the main stem reaching about 2 inches in diameter. not now You can keep your beautiful snow in the Hudson valley . Once roots have formed, you can give the youngsters a position that receives half-day sun (or full-day sun in a window garden). I have not fertilized. Your re-post of this article gives me a chance to thank you again for it. Have a wonderful week. I am looking forward to using these steps mid august. I start at the end of September or up to mid October, removing my geraniums from their large planter pots or from the garden. I wonder if you use phosporus in a plant if it can be present in the pollen and hurt pollinators like bees. I now will have to hang my new little plants in my living room by my E-SE bay window~by my large (6′ long) spider plant and a philodendron. I took both cuttings and divisions of the plant. Each year about half of them bear fruit and half don't. Cool. I’m wondering if this soil will keep them too moist. They are getting leggy, so I like the idea of cutting them back. How I Propagate Petunias for Winter-Bloom I am also encouraged by JoAnne and Sandra because they live in the same sunless region as I do. i will try your method for the coming Iwould not have thought it, as it is so blue , almost indigo blue. I am keeping this great advice for future reference and passing it on to friends. Sounds like good advice for geraniums. It is white but really doesn’t look like a geranium. ‘America’ looks lovely in my Herb Garden, too. Thanks for your prompt reply. Hi, Mr. Kevin! Zonal geraniums become actual shrubs in SoCal!! I have recently discovered and have read glowing reviews of them. (I keep saying that (or similar) but for many years; they become leggy and thin. Hi Robert – Yes, like Dorothy in Oz. The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place A Midwest girl transplanted to the Pacific NW many years ago. Great suggestions, Kevin…but I live in Southern California and all of my geraniums are in the ground. 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 do not have a big window garden like yous . I don’t have storage space for any more gardening supply products. By the way it looks lovely andthe plants seem happy, what is that little blue plant on the bottom shelf? thank you thank you thankyou… getting your newsletter. Should I follow the same method of cutting them way back and repotting them with fresh soil? Lastly, what a beautiful photo of the moth! is heavenly. Plastic bag humidity domes are not used outside, just indoors under the grow lights. Then let me show you how, exactly, to prepare these popular summer plants for winter-beauty indoors. However, I do NOW and I have all sorts of plants I bought this year that will be donating cuttings for attempt #2! Indoor Culture: To achieve indoor success, give your geraniums all the direct sunlight an east or south window will afford. Got the LED shop lights there too). I have kept them alive, but they are not very attractive. Thank you! I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong when my cuttings all rotted, but obviously letting the bottom scab over was a step I didn’t know about! I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. Why are the leaves drooping? Just read through your geranium tutorial. You are such a wonderful inspiration for me. I’m sure with adequate thought and planning something can be invented that would not only collect rainwater but transport it to a large garden. I never have good luck with that. In spring, when new growth appears, cut back the old growth to just above the new shoots. I will give it a whirl and let you know how successful I am. However, these four ladies needed to be propagated and I knew there was a method but I had to really search for your site. You don’t have any reply’s to questions about overwintering geraniums posted for the past year. When I married, I moved across country but always figured that her gardening things would be passed down to me. I have put you on my desktop, so I can read more of you. rehashed information. unless im getting cuttings from it.. i know this one guy that has had a geranium for 7 years with out cutting on it and it still looks the same but now is like a small bush or shrub and is just growing well in the spring and inside in the winter months.. anyhow i need to pollinate mine so i’ll get seeds from the flowers i’d like to start a new plant from seeds not just cuttings. Despite keeping them moist and misting them daily, every single cutting dried up and died on me. again ….many thanks …. These tips are provided by Jean Dangerfield. In the past I’ve overwintered geraniums by uprooting them and keeping them in a paper bag in the garage, then repotting and cutting them back in March, keeping them on a south facing windowsill until last frost. Pelargonium / ˌ p ɛ l ɑːr ˈ ɡ oʊ n i ə m / is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 280 species of perennials, succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as geraniums, pelargoniums, or storksbills. Is this possible, Kevin? Toss the severed roots onto the compost pile. Any suggestions on evening that out, or is that just the natural cycle? But you can still stick cuttings now, do more then. There is no vigorous growth during this period. The following restoration and propagation procedures have never failed me: When you are dealing with a zonal geranium that has grown all summer  (such as ‘Puritan White’, above), the first step is to cut the plant back to within an inch of its life, or to the point where the lowest leaves can be found. They Winter in my loft under grow lights and save me lots of money in the Spring ~ I used to grow them from seed and much prefer this method. Kevin, Btw…my nursery on Cape Cod practically gives the scented geraniums away in late fall…I have several. in California, they did just fine and are continuing to do their growing outside. 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. I trim them well and remove any obviously dead shoots. They can NOT handle frost. Mom passed away 1 1/2 months ago and while I am so sad, she still inspires me. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial, Kevin! This will help the plants get bushier and give you even more plants. My Wintering Over Experiments - Organic Gardening Advice & Tips. I have always wanted to winter over my geraniums and this year I have a very special one that my Mother loved on. To answer your question, I feed my plants with Jack’s Classic Blossom Booster (as described in the article above). These can rot in damp soil. . A natural source of nitrogen is rainwater and for gardeners that have gutters there are ways to transport this water to your garden. Most penstemons should not be cut back in autumn as the old growth protects the tender crown. Is it too late to cut back the roots and reset the plant as you suggest? November Brilliance: The “Thanksgiving Cactus”. me. Thank you for all the inspiration. I had no idea! Be brutal here. You now have a newly-restored geranium which will give you pleasure all winter and beyond. that I can buzz right through and not have to reread something I may have missed or not understood. Some of the plants are sending up buds to bloom already. The window garden subjects are fed at the rate of one 1/4 teaspoon formula per gallon of water. Also, I will be bringing in geraniums that have been in the ground. I asked if I could get a,small slip of it and mind yo the plant is huge. kevin, 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. Hi Maria – I bring mine indoors at the end of September, and before frost. Thanks so much for all these great tips and explanations! Three days ago, I finally hauled in my 45+ geraniums from outside where they were vacationing, still in their pots. or hints? Then, as pictured above, make vertical cuts to slice through soil and roots. I place them next to the mother geranium and wait. To boost humidity, I’d set the plants on a tray of pebbles and water. Grab a glass of milk because we're about to dunk peanut butter cookies, oatmeal-raisin cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and many more of our all-time favorite cookie recipes. Ceramic houseplant pots, indoor planters, and indoor gardening supplies. Thanks Kevin–I will definitely try your method. It looks enormous. Can I use a larger pot and put more than one cutting in it?? Hi Kevin, your tutorial for the geraniums is really helpfu,I have geraniums that were bought in1988 that still bloom. X Research source A pot bigger than 15 US gal (57 L) will be really hard to move around. If so, is there a way to over winter them to plant next spring? Tried your super-easy, mega-delicious Blueberry Peach Cobbler last week with great success (thanks). I will be using your site again and again! Well, each of these can become a new plant. Jo-Anne – Congratulations — I’m sure you’ll enjoy your window garden(s)! I live in Wisconsin. Thank you SO much for the detailed directions. I was inspired by this post in A Garden For The House showing how to rejuvenate geraniums to bloom in the winter. I will give these poor anemic, leggy girls one more try by cutting them back drastically and performing that severe root amputation you described. Now I allow new growth. If you cut back the mother plant, just cut enough roots/foliage in order to return the plant to the same hanging basket, and fill in with fresh potting mix. I did about 30 cuttings of three different types of geraniums. It has been repinned a number of times already. Thanks so much, Both genera belong to the family Geraniaceae. Related Posts: It was like having free plants! Remove the lower 2 inches of leaves from each stem. Cool post! (I’m nearly 70, but I can still dance.. when no one’s looking!) also one of them is really lopsided) before full-blown spring. Thank you! During the “winter” months in Arizona, they are either covered well on the patio or join me in the kitchen. Thanks for posting this timely tutorial. 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. All my little geraniums are lined up on my dining room windowsill, and doing well. The plant will pop right out of its pot, and into your waiting hand. Now, they can be reborn again! I have found though that housebound geraniums do not do well being put back outside as they get acclimated to sun exposure and regulated temps. Again, I tidy up the dead or dying leaves and do not allow them to flower. Continued Love Peace and Joy to You! Have fun with your project! You are genius. The median age of Southborough is 43 years old. Kevin, your blog helps satisfy the propagation freak in me….thanks for the great tips…now I just need a south facing mansion for all my pots. Thanks to your helpful tutorial, I now have lovely white geraniums blooming in my windowsill on this dreary January day!! It’s already beginning the second week of September here in NH and the nights are cool, but I’m still going to try my hand at cutting back my geranium and rooting the cuttings. (so I don’t have to put 24 holes in my ceiling for hooks) Well, I was going through this article on propagating Geraniums and low and behold, there it was!!! Good morning , Kevin….I got my 2 shelves cut for my south facing computer room window last week….now i think I will have to go back and get more cut some for the east facing living room for the added geraniums….one can never have enough flowers blooming in the house over the winter….and, of course, that gives us plants ready to go for the next spring………..thank you so much… this project…can hardly wait to see how it turns out! 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. However, if you say this works, I’m going for it! We hope to have a plant window added over the kitchen sink in our home before Thanksgiving, I’m so excited! I also have one the man at Lowes called Austrailian Geranium. The total population of Southborough consists of 10,021 people. I have used the winter prep you describe on geraniums for years. Have enjoyed your website for several years. Now today someone handed me a bunch of cut geraniums, with big flowers not in a pot, just cut like cut flowers for a vase and said I could just stick them in a pot with earth and they will grow. Thanks for your help in doing so. I am wondering if the same procedures might work for bringing potted rosemary and lavender here in Alaska. Be sure to have a look-see…. My only problem would be space if they need a lot of light. Aloe Vera is easy to raise, requires relatively little care and provides pretty foliage year round. Hi Kevin. Play as much as possible! In your case, I suspect both desert-dry air and over-watering. I carefully shake the old soil off the roots, and plant them in a 1 gallon pot or larger if necessary. My husband is thrilled as am I. I am now fearless in scooping the geranium out of its pot, scraping 2/3 of the old soil and piling it next to my roses, ready to use to cover them after the first hard freeze. The plant offered is over 5 years old with a stout, well branched 1 inch wide trunk standing 5 inches tall. Now, what to do with all the stems we cut ? I do not allow them to flower [this will zap their energy]. 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. Is it too late? Thank you, […] hanging basket that I got for my birthday (pictured near the top of the post). Thanks for your blog, I do enjoy reading it. This time I am trying your method, cutting the root ball in half and rejuvenating the the old uglies. Provide moisture only when the top inch of soil looks and feels dry (stick your finger in the soil to be sure). I have in the past suffered with little gnats on my houseplants during winter. Love this post. What am I doing wrong? They are both now in full sun area, quite hot at times. If I cut them back do I necessairly need to cut the roots? Thanks for refreshing my memory. For the past two years I have saved all my flower box geraniums by cutting them down to a couple inches and potting them. 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. FEATURE — As you pack away the garden hose, tools and other supplies or transition to your winter garden, do not overlook those leftover seeds. You’ve given me a few new tips. A Hummingbird Moth! They look pitiful now so hope I can revive them. Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa) has oblong fuzzy leaves, large velvety bell- shaped flowers with ruffled edges.This tender tuberous perennial is a member of the Gesneriaceae family, a relative of the African Violet. Geraniums are easy to over-winter. my own. Now I know what my poor geraniums need. Thanks for all your information. They should do fine and require minimal attention. Geraniums are very easy to start from cuttings. I think I started too late to get them […], Your email address will not be published. Thank you again for your blog – it is one of my top ones to read! Now I know to let them ‘callus’ first. No photo for these next three steps, because I don’t think you need them: Take a 4-inch clay pot, and place a piece of broken pottery over its drainage hole. The species is a winter grower with thick, knotty succulent stems and feathery foliage. Be well. Hi I so love this blog. I want fresh, young geraniums that are eager to grow, and which are small enough to serve decorative duty in the window garden. ha!) We’re going to fix this. Leaves are healthy, but no more blooms. Information provided on this Website is believed to be correct to the best of our knowledge. Pictured above: Zonal, scented-leaved, and fancy-leaved geraniums in my Library/Den window in February, 2008. DO pinch off all flowering buds. I start at the end of September or up to mid October, removing my geraniums from their large planter pots or from the garden. The median age of Wrentham is 43 years old. Marise. Place the stem in the pencil-dibbled hole…. My mom had such a green thumb and being a member of the garden club, she had alot of garden ‘stuff’ and pretty things. Your photos are fabulous and explanation of each step so easily understood by someone who sometimes has issues reading instructions (the photo’s help!) 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. Kevin, I have been growing geraniums for years now here in SE Colorado out on the plains. Hi Sanna – Thanks for writing. Place a piece of broken pottery over the old pot’s drainage hole…. A day late and a whole pile of geranium cuttings short! I love the “frugality” aspect of it! We ship indoor plants and potted houseplants nationwide. Thank you again, I already have my petunias rooting for winter bloom. This year I bought two orange ones that are new, and are beautiful.I shall try propagating more of those much to my husband’s consternation, we live on the outskirts of Montreal, the summers are too short, but I bring in lots of plants indoors, keeps me busy and happy in winter .this year I have caladiums and a big beautiful colius grown from a cutting from my friend’s plant. Good tutorial – thanks much! Looking forward to giving it a try. Excellent! Hope so! Kevin, this was so much fun! How I Propagate Petunias for Winter-Bloom. 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.

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