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Samlav
Oct 26, 2017 9:00 PM CST
What is the best way to winter geraniums? I have watched some YouTube videos with several methods, but would like to know which method has the best success rate.
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plantmanager
Oct 26, 2017 9:05 PM CST
I've done it by just placing cuttings in water, and changing the water every few days. I've also done it by putting cuttings in pots and keeping slightly moist until they are rooted and growing well. Both methods are fine. I love saving geraniums!
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Samlav
Oct 26, 2017 9:32 PM CST
Well, that was one method that I didn’t see on YouTube. And when you take the cuttings, do you take the flower off?
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Philipwonel
Oct 27, 2017 7:02 AM CST
How big are they ?
A picture would be very usefull, to see variety and how big.
I just leave them be, as they are right now. Then in spring prune them back to new growth.
If ground freezes, do same, but cover with straw or freeze cloth, to prevent ground from freezing.
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Samlav
Oct 27, 2017 7:36 AM CST
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Calif_Sue
Oct 27, 2017 10:25 AM CST

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FYI
These are technically called Pelargoniums (Pelargonium)
Many commonly call them geraniums

True Geraniums (Geranium)
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DaisyI
Oct 27, 2017 11:09 AM CST
No, don't try to root cuttings with flower heads. The most successful cuttings will be ones taken from the center of the stems or from stem tips that have alread bloomed.
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Bonehead
Oct 27, 2017 12:05 PM CST
Thanks Sue for the clarification. Calling pelargoniums geraniums is one of my minor peeves (mainly because I love geraniums). I also am a bit of a stickler about being accurate whenever possible.
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Samlav
Oct 27, 2017 6:03 PM CST
@Calif_Sue and @Bonehead, Pelargoniums, not geraniums, okay. I will attempt to learn the technical language. It reminds me of learning a foreign language. At least the pelargoniums have similar ending syllables as geraniums so it I can make an easier connection with this scientific name. Smiling @Bonehead, what kind of bird are you holding?

I love the pelargoniums, also, even the wild perennials, and did not want to do them an injustice. Lovey dubby I get peeved too for people not trying to be accurate with things I am knowlegable about, (example: reading music vs. singing without it in a choir when it is available),but I try to understand others are just not at same point on the long path of life as I am. Thanks for redirecting me.

@Daisyl Oh dear, I took the top stem with a bloom! D'Oh! It will 40* tomorrow and I need to get back out there.

@plantmanager Should a cutting be in a clear container, and does lighting make a difference for a cutting; north, south, east, or west?

@Philipwonel all the plants are mature plants.As I look at my photos now, I realize I took bloom photos, not the full plant D'Oh! I can obtain straw easily enough, but do you have a link for freeze cloth? Maybe I need both! They will get snowed on and perhaps experience freezing rain. Thumbs down

What a great help you have all been. Thank You!
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Paul2032
Oct 27, 2017 6:25 PM CST
I doubt that Straw and Freeze Cloth would work in a 5b garden. It wouldn't here. Cuttings will work and some people here pull mature plants and hang them upside down in a cool basement or cellar. When spring and warm weather come they trim them heavily and plant out,
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Samlav
Oct 27, 2017 7:11 PM CST
@Paul2032 well I think I can manage that and try the cuttings. Do you, or anyone else, know if root tone works with pelargonium cuttings placed in soil? I have some I use with mum cuttings that I start in early summer.
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Bonehead
Oct 27, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Samlav, good luck with your pelargoniums! The little bird I am holding is a baby chick hatched by my hens - mix of a Welsummer rooster and a Buff Orpington hen.
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WillC
Oct 28, 2017 5:48 AM CST
I have had surprising success keeping mine in bloom through the winter. I prune it back a lot in the fall and keep it pruned through the winter. I have it on a sunny windowsill and keep the soil damp. It doesn't grow as rapidly in winter and the flowers are more sporadic, but it looks quite presentable as an indoor plant through the winter.
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Paul2032
Oct 28, 2017 6:31 AM CST
I have had success with Root Tone....Take your cuttings and let them callous for a couple of days before planting them.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Oct 28, 2017 9:15 AM CST
Howdy there, Samlav 😎
I got the ideal of your flowers from your explanation. Oh my 😮 such pretty flowers you have Thumbs up 😎 !
A BIG HIGH FIVE, and thanks to @Paul2032 👍 For chiming in from your same zone, to give you advice. Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
I wish more members in same zones did that ! Oh my gosh ! Lets not forget WillC also I tip my hat to you. And Daisy is also right about fat cuttings Thumbs up

The more info given, the better good answers !!!
?😕??? Is, better good. A word. Rolling on the floor laughing
Anyhow, the one in a pot, is easiest. Just bring her inside, and when weather isn't to darn cold, put her outside for the day. JUST !!! don't forget her outside.
Me oh my. 😧 I've heard that, to many times. 😭

Enjoy your day !
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Samlav
Oct 28, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! @paul2032, @wilc, and @philipwonel. Yes, lots of help sheds more light on a solution.
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springcolor
Oct 28, 2017 9:06 PM CST
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Hope this helps. I do a fair amount of cuttings every year.
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Samlav
Oct 29, 2017 12:15 PM CST
Thank You! @springcolor, I like learning about chamomile tea and its usefulness in the process of starting pelargonium cuttings.

Also, I made a note of cleaning my tools.

I had purchased a bag of potting soil and seed starter at the Family Dollar and hope when I open it that it looks like your photo.

I like the idea of having more of the plants I want to save and the idea of taking more cuttings than you need. I originally was just thinking to preserve one plant, but hearing about making more of the plant is the common sense piece of info I wish I had thought of myself. *Blush*

@willc Thank You! as well. I don't know how I spelled your screen name incorrectly, it is clever. We'll see Rolling on the floor laughing if this gets to you this time!
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Philipwonel
Oct 29, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Good answer 👍!!! More cuttings or seeds then needed. In case of disaster. I save more yard long green bean seeds then i need for next year, just in case 😧 !!! My uncle gave me a few seeds some over 35 yrs ago. He didn't know variety, just that they were sold as the brand/company, as : SILLY SEEDS, yard long beans. Other long beans have strings, not these i have. The silly part is : they grow like crazy and long. Butt ! The sillyiest part is there round. You go to cut them up raw, and they go rolling all over the place. Rolling on the floor laughing

I'll get Will's attention for you. Its a capitol W and a capitol C.
Like this !
@WillC
Will ? Sam's looking for you. 😄
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Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Samlav
Oct 29, 2017 5:30 PM CST
@WillC we'll see if this arrives Rolling my eyes. since my last 2 replies did't make it. *Blush* See posts # 1575543 and # 1575986.

Thank You! to @Philipwonel Hurray! it may get there thanks to you. Take care of that cute little girl, by the way.

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