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It Is Time To Bring Those Pelargoniums out of Hibernation

By jvdubb
March 25, 2015

The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. March is a good time to bring those Pelargoniums you tucked away for winter back out into the world.

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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Mar 24, 2015 6:53 PM CST
I left mine in pots and they started growing. Should I cut them back to stems or just let them take off. They all look pretty healthy. I was afraid to try the method you used for fear I would lose them all. Should would take up less room. Thanks for a great visual instruction Thank You!
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 24, 2015 7:02 PM CST
It is really up to you! Experiment. Maybe cut one or two back. Leave the rest.

Tomorrow I will post more pictures. They are 10 days along now
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Mar 24, 2015 8:38 PM CST
Mine are in a container and I cut them back hard about two weeks ago. Now they have all new growth.
Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Mar 25, 2015 7:26 AM CST
Oh boy. Mine have lots of growth. Hopefully it won't hurt them to cut them back now. Maybe I will do two of them to see then will know it will be okay for them. My MIL said to do that last year and I did. I only had two. And they died which is why I was afraid to try it again this year. How much water do you give them after cutting back? Or do you want til the send green growth. I just watered them fairly heavily last week. My instructions said to water them 'well' then let them dry out before watering again. I also put them in crockery pots as it said these tend to dry out more uniformly rather than drying out on top and leaving a soggy bottom layer.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 25, 2015 7:33 AM CST
I always let my geraniums dry out between waterings.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Mar 25, 2015 7:34 AM CST
Ok. Good to have confirmation. Thanks again Jennifer and Arlene
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Mar 25, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Mine may get a sip of water over winter but not even a huge drink even when I cut them back hard. Once they get more leaves I'll be more generous.

You can test yours, Mary, by cutting back just one stem and if you see green then cut more.
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JuneBug
Mar 25, 2015 11:53 AM CST
I rudely pulled mine out of the ground and tossed them in the garage just before a severe temperature drop last fall. Your article made me go look at them and they look a lot better than I thought they would. I usually have them in containers and just treat them like houseplants through the winter, but this house doesn't have enough light. Here are mine:
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 25, 2015 11:55 AM CST
They don't look bad at all
Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 25, 2015 12:19 PM CST
Oh Jennifer, yours look wonderful Hurray! Hurray! I cut mine back in January and they are plumping up nice and green. Aren't geraniums just FUN Thumbs up I let mine dry out between watering too.
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woofie
Mar 25, 2015 12:54 PM CST
Cool! Gives me hope for the neglected ones I have on my back porch!
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Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Mar 25, 2015 2:15 PM CST
Okay. I'm ready. Will cut back all the green.
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 25, 2015 5:05 PM CST
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These were started 12 days ago
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Mar 25, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Boy, you really did cut them back. How long before they showed the little green shoots.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 25, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Some within days. Some still need more time
Name: Ann
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AnnofPA
Mar 30, 2015 9:10 AM CST
I grew mine in a sunny window over the winter, do I need to cut them back? Thanks!



Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 30, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Sorry Ann, but I don't know. I've never over wintered them that way.

@abhege do you know?
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Mar 30, 2015 9:14 AM CST
I do cut them back, Ann. It seems to rejuvenate them. You could test by cutting back one stem on each plant. This is a rather fuzzy photo but you can easily spot the new growth.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Mar 30, 2015 9:20 AM CST
I had mine in the garage in the dark and they slowly grew very pale leaves. I moved them under lights and they started to develop chlorophyl and turn green. Now they are full and robust. I didn't think about cutting them back as they had growth. So if yours have growth and it looks healthy, you could cut a few back and let the others grow as Arlene suggests. A good experiment to see if the ones cut back are more robust that the others. Should be interesting. Be sure and let us know.
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abhege
Mar 30, 2015 9:59 AM CST
I do and I don't cut mine back. IF they are really leggy I trim them up and root the cuttings!

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