saving annuals over winter - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sandygulbran
September 8, 2010
What is the best way to save geraniums and other annuals over the winter without watering? we go to florida for 3 months.


Answer from NGA
September 8, 2010
I'm sure you know that annuals complete their lifecycles in one growing season and only a few plants that are considered annuals in your growing region are actually frost tender perennials. Geraniums are one such plant, as long as you take them indoors and protect them from freezing temperatures. If you do this, you can treat your geraniums like any other houseplant. Three months is a long time to keep a plant alive without some attention, though. While you can keep them watered for a few weeks by up-ending a pint sized water bottle and sticking it into the soil to help provide water, the water in the bottle won't last for 3 months - it will need to be replenished every 2-3 weeks. You may need to ask a friend or neighbor to hold the plants for you in your absence, or to come into your home and water your plants. Can't think of any other solution. Good luck with your geraniums!

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