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October 27, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
This blog is for the people who have questions about keeping geraniums through the winter. I have written about it in my column several times and do not want to use up mre column space, but I am getting so many questions, on the phone, email, grocery store, front door etc. that I need to address it. This is the way I do it. Dig up the plants and shake all the dirt off the roots. Then cut back the tops to about six inches, removing most or all of the leaves. Then either tie the plants in bunches and hang up in a coolish, darkish place, or put them in brown bags or simply on a shelf somewhere. Mine go on a dark shelf under the workbench in a cold basement. And just forget them. About the end of February or the beginning of March check them, and you should see new green leaves appearing. When they are leafed out, I put the roots in a bucket of water for a couple of days, and then pot each one up in a 6 inch pot with regular potting soil. Then they go in a sunny window until early May when it is warm enough for them to go outside. By that time several of them have flowered already. I have 17 plants in very good shape after 5 years of this treatment. Every year I wonder if the miracle will happen again, and so far it has. I lose one or two each year, but others have grown so big they can be divided when potting, so the number keeps up. There are many other methods you can find in gardening books or on the internet, but this is the way it works for me.
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