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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Oct 28, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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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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Oct 28, 2014 7:22 PM CST
Name: Debra
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When you say 'cool' storage, roughly how cool would that be translated to Fahrenheit measurements (just approximately)? Big Grin
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Oct 28, 2014 7:23 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
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40-50 degrees F
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Oct 28, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Thank you. Smiling
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Oct 29, 2014 6:08 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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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!
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Oct 29, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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@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!
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Oct 29, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Thanks! That's my intention. I bet they make it. It's a magic basement, I've been told.
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Oct 30, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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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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Oct 30, 2014 1:54 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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Hurray! Let me know how they do!
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Oct 30, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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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Nov 2, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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I just got six more from my neighbor!
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Nov 2, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Nov 4, 2014 12:06 PM CST
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thank you for taking the time to write this article. I am going to try it - margie,NY
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Nov 4, 2014 12:13 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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@MargieNY you are welcome!
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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!
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Nov 8, 2014 7:49 AM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Nov 8, 2014 8:34 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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