Geraniums and Pelargoniums forum: Getting Reaquainted with Pelargoniums

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Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Jul 17, 2017 11:36 AM CST
My daughter gave me a pelargonium she won as a door prize. Its label read 'Classic Purple' zonal geranium. It's been quite a few years since I've had a geranium, although I've always liked them (reason why haven't had any is my wife is not fond of them.) Well, I repotted it into a larger container and moved it out to the patio when the weather warmed up.

I just removed four spent blossoms and awaiting for another eight loaded stems to break out in bloom in a few days. While it was labeled 'Classic Purple' the blossoms are actually two shades of pink.I will want to keep this over winter for next year's enjoyment. I don't have a basement but was thinking of keeping it in an unheated garage. Our winters get down to 15-20F occasionaly. Do you think this too cold for it or should I keep it in our heated house?

Would appreciate some suggestions. Since being gifted with this plant, I've been googling zonal pelargoniums - especially the fancy leaved ones and think I might order one or two. Unfortunately we have no nurseries nearly by - only local sources for plants are Home Depot and WalMart.

Been reading the back postings on the Geranium/Pelargonium forum (although most recent ones are about 3 months old) to learn about other members' preferences.I'm interested in a variety of plants as you can see from my profile.

Just had my 87th birthday and celebrating about 80 wonderful years of gardening enjoyment - hope to have a few more, but mostly a container gardener now as too difficult to bend over or get down on my hands and knees as I did for years and years . .

Hope a few of you get more active on this forum as i usually get on NGA every day to see what's new with everyone.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jul 21, 2017 9:40 PM CST
A cool window sill indoors would be better .
Your garage is too cold---they will die on you at those temperatures.
I keep pelargoniums in north windows over winter at cool room temperatures.
Name: Don
Meadville, PA - Crawford Co. - (Zone 5a)
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DonfromPA
Jul 22, 2017 4:32 AM CST
Thanks, Caroline. I will keep it indoors then over winter in the coolest room I have as I don't want to lose it. The 8 additional bloom stocks are now fully open and newer ones coming on. In late fall I hope to take a few cuttings and try to root them, just in case something happens to it.
Thunder storm and high winds forecast for today so I have temporarily moved it to a safe location for protection - ugh along with another dozen or more container plants. We really get high gusty winds here on top of a hil with not much protection - really hard on plants at times. Mobiliity is one of the greatest advantages I've found about planting in containers - to get the most of the sometimes rare amount of sunshine we get here and to avoid the worst of thunder/wind/hail storms.

Thanks again for your input - doesn't seem to be much activity on the geranium/pelargonium forum in recent weeks/months. Hopefully it will pick up as I'd like to learn about other growers' favorites, advice, etc.

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
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CarolineScott
Jul 30, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Geraniums from cuttings are easy.
Cut growing tips 3 or 4 inches long.
Remove most of leaves.
Let sit over night, so cut surface dries some.
Dip in rooting gel.
Plunge into sand or vermiculite filled pot.
Keep moist.
That is how I do it.
Others may have a different way?

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