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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: Michele Roth
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chelle
Oct 28, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Thanks Jennifer!

I noticed that my mom tossed out a few of these not long ago, so I may have to rescue them. I appreciate the storage tips! Thumbs up
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lovemyhouse
Oct 28, 2014 7:22 PM CST
When you say 'cool' storage, roughly how cool would that be translated to Fahrenheit measurements (just approximately)? Big Grin
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jvdubb
Oct 28, 2014 7:23 PM CST
40-50 degrees F
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 28, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Thank you. Smiling
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Oct 29, 2014 6:08 AM CST
I want to do this! but the choices I have for winter storage are the shed which is outside and unheated so will be subject to winter temperatures, or the basement, which does receive heat from the house though it's a bit cooler down there.

Hmm. I will likely try paper bags in the basement. There are some really nice pels in the urns out front that I'd love to save!
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Oct 29, 2014 7:06 AM CST
@kylaluaz , give it a try! Really you have nothing to lose. If they don't make it you just delayed tossing them. But they just might survive!
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Oct 29, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Thanks! That's my intention. I bet they make it. It's a magic basement, I've been told.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Oct 30, 2014 1:53 PM CST
I brought in the three plants I found, and as a nice bonus there was a tag with them too. Thumbs up Patriot Cherry Rose. Big Grin
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jvdubb
Oct 30, 2014 1:54 PM CST
Hurray! Let me know how they do!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Oct 30, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Will do, Jennifer. Smiling
They look like the top three in your second picture (third set), so they'll probably be just fine.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 2, 2014 5:45 PM CST
I just got six more from my neighbor!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Nov 2, 2014 6:35 PM CST
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MargieNY
Nov 4, 2014 12:06 PM CST
thank you for taking the time to write this article. I am going to try it - margie,NY
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 4, 2014 12:13 PM CST
@MargieNY you are welcome!


MyKatydid
Nov 8, 2014 3:21 AM CST
Thanks everyone for info on overwintering pelargoniums. I followed the general directions, put them upside down in cardboard boxes and stored on a bench in the pump house with some newspapers over the top of the boxes to keep out light from the heat lamp in there (used in deep winter). I'm labeling the whole thing as An Experiment, but have hope!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 8, 2014 7:49 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Nov 8, 2014 8:34 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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