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Don't Throw Out Those Pelargoniums at the End of the Season!

By jvdubb
October 29, 2014

Storksbill geraniums (Pelargoniums) are a beloved staple in summer containers and landscaping. Every fall most of the summer's selections end up being tossed out, or composted, without a second thought. What you might not know is that Pelargoniums are simple to overwinter, and not as houseplants that require care!

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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 28, 2014 6:22 PM CST
Dang it, wish this article was a bit sooner...I just dug and repotted 10 to bring inside as houseplants this year. Luckily I have a sunny windowsill for them but would have much rather put them in the cellar! Next year for sure!
Great info Jennifer Thumbs up
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jvdubb
Oct 28, 2014 6:29 PM CST
Sorry! I did submit it just about then. I wanted to do it sooner but i was putting off pulling them up!
Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 28, 2014 7:55 PM CST
But think of all the new ones I can get to save for the following year Hurray!
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HollyAnnS
Oct 29, 2014 5:45 AM CST
I was just out looking at my geraniums and thinking I might try to over winter them. I knew you could overwinter bare root but didn't know much about it. Thanks for the info
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CindiKS
Nov 1, 2014 2:09 PM CST
@luvsgrtdanes Ronnie, that advantage of your way is, you'll have bigger plants come spring, and you won't have to wait for them to take off. You can also take cuttings on your mother plants and have many more by spring! I think pelargoniums make lovely houseplants. They can handle the dry heat from the furnace, and if you go away for a week or two, they survive the neglect! I'm all for enjoying the blossoms year round.
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