I love your whole blog. With this I will stop because I respect an individuals’ right to garden without being lectured…. A secret compartment in the handle? Your re-post of this article gives me a chance to thank you again for it. I think she would have adored you. Thanks for the tutorial. After experimenting with geraniums, brought in for overwintering, which thrived and bloomed all winter, I thought why not. I have lots of 4 in. Will also check garden shop of Lowe’s and maybe Big Lots. No east or south window for you? It was like having free plants! If I remember correctly it depletes oxygen. For potted cuttings of many types, I rely on vented plastic bags, positioned as humidity domes. There are no "secrets" to growing geraniums/pelargoniums - all they require is sun and watering when the soil dries or the temps climb. Rinse off any soil which is clinging to the leaves. Thank you, thank you! also i noticed that these flower plants don’t like alot of wind like from a fan plus they do like alot of light they don’t like water misting on the leaves but do in the soil around the stems mine have red flowers. (I’m not a winter loving person. I read you’re an excellent blogger. I saw last week’s blog post and started petunias, a couple of top growth geraniums from outside, and a few calibrachoa in small pots. Thanks! Do you want what I want? P.S.- How are you seeing things now? I have over-wintered geraniums with great success. Hope the soufflés are as yummy as they looked in your video! I can’t wait to try this. Hi Betty819 – You can start the cuttings in plastic or clay. Free plants for next Spring! They look pitiful now so hope I can revive them. You’ll need only three or four stems which show signs of life. Is it too late to cut back the roots and reset the plant as you suggest? I’ve got them in a big raised bed (60cms high, 1.5m square) with glads, lilies and aquilegias. The old ones get leggy and don’t produce many blooms, still I take them indoors in winter, and keep them in a sunny window. Gardening is a funny thing, isn’t it? Mine are quite leggy because I wintered them inside last year without doing any trimming. Any further tips? They were moved to a new property in 2009, and have never bloomed here. Oh, my question is, at what point do you bring them indoors for the winter? Master Gardener AssociationsPacific N.W./Canada/UK, Please consider the environment before printing any material from this website. Recently laid off after 21 years in the Communication Industry, so new decorate budget is called thrift! I dip the cuttings in hormone rooting powder and pot them in a light potting or starting soil, and pat them in firmly. Hi Kevin so happy to see that you answered my question. great fun then. I have several rooting right now. Hi Maria – I bring mine indoors at the end of September, and before frost. I don’t think I would have been this ventuorous on I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS I’ve been watching some YouTube videos on this same subject and they almost use the same or close to how you take your cuttings. Finally, I found someone who knows what to do with my spindly, leggy, woody plants that I can never bear to throw on the compost pile! You will probably discover the plant is horribly root-bound. I carefully shake the old soil off the roots, and plant them in a 1 gallon pot or larger if necessary. http://www.tulane.edu/~bfleury/envirobio/enviroweb/DeadZone.htm. I am now fearless in scooping the geranium out of its pot, scraping 2/3 of the old soil and piling it next to my roses, ready to use to cover them after the first hard freeze. I also add 1/4 tsp. I appreciate this clear tutorial and will follow this method come August. As usual, Kevin, you are a life saver for those of us on limited gardening budgets, trying to keep our plants alive (fighting fungus with milk is on this afternoon’s agenda) or create new plants from those we have (I am drowning ~ delightfully ~ in African Violet ‘plantlets’, thanks to your tutorial). For the past two years I have saved all my flower box geraniums by cutting them down to a couple inches and potting them. Consequently I bring them indoors in mid-September. I’m going to re-pot those suckers today! This is a good article on the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus on the ocean and ocean life. I kept my rose geranium alive last winter by the Grace of the nature Gods. They can NOT handle frost. I have trimmed the roots, like you said. This will help the plants get bushier and give you even more plants. This was so much fun! Information provided on this Website is believed to be correct to the best of our knowledge. Since learning that they are rare I bought my favorites: True Rose, Lemon Prince Rupert and a Lemon Rose one. I’m very Add new soil so the new roots have new material to grow into. The older 1 has only bloomed once in the old location, which was beside the house with morning sun. The blooms are great color and brighten my environment two to four times during the cabin fever months. Of course the pot was quite big and bloomed all colours because I had removed all the suckers from all the plants, therefore various colours. The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place A Midwest girl transplanted to the Pacific NW many years ago. I have not fertilized. I never tried letting them get a callus but I will definitely try that this year. Just love it! If I sound sappy, I’ll attribute that to a rainy afternoon and some good chardonnay. You give the best directions for overwintering plants! Remove the lower 2 inches of leaves from each stem. Kevin, I have been growing geraniums for years now here in SE Colorado out on the plains. Southborough has a population density of 276 people per square mile. I used your method last year, and not only were the geraniums absolutely gorgeous indoors all winter and spring, but they are beautiful in the garden this summer, too. You are touching many lives and beautifying many gardens. My geraniums are leggy, because I didn’t know I was supposed to cut them back for the past 2 years. I have attempted to root geraniums and always fail. In fact I had the screened-in porch on my 113-year old home converted to a sunroom with extra-wide sills to house my geraniums, along with a 7′ tall umbrella plant, 5′ tall corn plant, blooming impatiens and begonias and assorted smaller green plants.. My windows have a south and west exposure partially shaded with huge old elms. Thanks. If I cut them back do I necessairly need to cut the roots? Have you had this problem? I just found your website! I want fresh, young geraniums that are eager to grow, and which are small enough to serve decorative duty in the window garden. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this tutorial, Kevin. I always store my plants in my insulated and skylite barn all winter but I love a small red geranium on my kitchen window sill. They can handle up to two degrees of frost but ideally should be maintained between 2 degrees and 15 degrees C. I have taken cuttings from the larger plants as well. Thanks for the great tips! The other surprise was a Crocosmia 'Lucifer' that I had also given up for dead after some varmint chewed on the stalk last year. I cut several holes in the bag to prevent stagnant air. You don’t want this little snip to work at flowering … you need it to ROOT. I just wanted to tell you I found this germanium bush at this place we always go to eat. Be brutal here. I water these twice a month and do not let them dry out totally. Next I’ll do the scented geraniums. (Geranium, Coleus, Passiflora, Sweet Potato Vine, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Verbena, Hypoestes, Roses, Pittosporum, Persian Shield, Angel Wing Begonia). These can rot in damp soil. I tried the petunia cuttings and did everything you said but none of them made it. I can’t wait until summer! My clay pots I have are way too tiny. After an mishap rendezvous with our pot belly pig, i have only one surviving geranium instead of a dozen…i am going to use your method & make startlings out of the cuttings. Hi Bev Grosse – My plants seem to do better when I feed them with every watering. Hi Mary Elia – You are indeed correct. I’ve just built a backyard greenhouse in Regina Sask and had kept my geraniums alive, but now I wil go and revive them and I’ll have a whole lotta plants blooming this winter and into next summer. I took them all off the plants and put them in water…..and they rooted and grew into the most beautiful hugh geranium !! Thanks Kevin! How to grow a gloxinia plant. I wonder if you use phosporus in a plant if it can be present in the pollen and hurt pollinators like bees. I’ll see if Home Depot has any 4 in. I think I will try your system this year. By the way it looks lovely andthe plants seem happy, what is that little blue plant on the bottom shelf? This year I bought two orange ones that are new, and are beautiful.I shall try propagating more of those much to my husband’s consternation, we live on the outskirts of Montreal, the summers are too short, but I bring in lots of plants indoors, keeps me busy and happy in winter .this year I have caladiums and a big beautiful colius grown from a cutting from my friend’s plant. Today I took the lanky non blooming geraniums and cut them back and by cutting the roots knew this was going to make the best geraniums for my south facing windows this winter. is heavenly. You are awesome, Thanks for your help in doing so. Last winter a petunia or african violet was in bloom for virtually the whole winter making us smile daily. Please also later on post something about roses. Great article. When I had the big house with great windows I used to do this… Now I don’t have enough good windows for many indoor plants and I miss them . I love them but they’re such a pain to find homes for in the winter… This should fix that! The window garden subjects are fed at the rate of one 1/4 teaspoon formula per gallon of water. Should signs of wilting occur, simply mist the leaves once or twice each day until roots form. now, my next research topic was petunias… and I see a post there ready for me. The species is a winter grower with thick, knotty succulent stems and feathery foliage. Thanks for naming the blue plant. The only difference with the petunias vs. the geraniums is that I kept the geraniums outside and brought the tunies inside. By April I gradually move them outdoors, but avoid direct sunlight. If you browse the houseplants category on this website, you’ll find pictures of scented-leaved and big-flowered geraniums displayed in my various winter window gardens over the years. Should I cut lower and just leave stems if they look like they have nodes low down, or do they need leaves in place for growth? Perveez, Veez for short. Join over 250 Gardeners Already Registered! If your potting mix already contains plant food, you needn’t add osmocote or anything else until the geraniums are of flowering size. Have a wonderful week. Now do you have a tuitorial on how to raise Christmas or Holiday cactus? Once roots have formed, you can give the youngsters a position that receives half-day sun (or full-day sun in a window garden). We haven’t had a hard freeze yet, and it doesn’t look like we will for at least a full week.
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