Friday, November 9, 2012
Tressa asked on my post about our weekend's work if she had read correctly: can you really pull up and store geraniums?
The answer is yes. I learned this little trick some years ago on another blog (I wish I could remember where it was). In the fall, pull or dig, if the ground is too hard, your geranium plants. Hang them in a cool, dry, dark place over the winter. A basement or root cellar works well, or a crawl space that stays above freezing.
In early spring, replant the geraniums in potting soil, water, and wait. I've had about 50-50 success; about half of my plants survive the winter and return to life. I think my results would be better if I replanted sooner, perhaps in late February.
I heard from a friend recently who said that she simply moves the whole pot into her cellar and pulls it out again in spring and the geraniums come right back. I am going to try half of mine with her method this year and see how they do.
For years I bought new plants every spring, but now I save some of that money by storing my plants.
For more information on how to do this, check out this post on Dave's Garden. He offers several storage methods, and even suggests cutting them back before storing and offers a tip for reviving them if the stems seem to be drying out too much.
(The illustration is a copy of the painting "Rubens Peale with Geranium." It is a painting by Rembrandt Peale of his younger brother and is housed at the National Gallery. Rembrandt Peale painted many famous portraits including Washington and Jefferson, portraits that are often considered the standards for likenesses of these former presidents.)
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