With abundant flowering and gorgeous color, geranium is very popular in homes. They begin to bloom in February and decorate our balconies in the most beautiful way. We still enjoy them during the fall, but these flowers have to hibernate during the cold period, because they cannot stand either frost or snow. How do we protect them so that they survive the winter frosts? Follow the guide.
How do you keep geraniums in pots during the winter?
Geraniums are wonderful and colorful perennials that decorate gardens, but also balconies and balconies. In winter, proper care is important to help them thrive in spring. There are many ways to overwinter a geranium. You can easily store it with newspaper, a cardboard box, a paper bag, or a sunny window ledge. In this way, these flowers will be able to maintain their freshness and bloom abundantly during the hot season.
A simple change of attitude will do the trick. Move them to a room where they will be very cool (about 10°C) but sufficiently lit. If you have enough space, bring the pots home and place them on a medium-sized window sill. Make sure the living conditions are perfect: Every pot of geranium should benefit from the same light and water them every 3 or 4 weeks.
A little tip for a safe winter
Have you ever thought about hibernating your plants in a paper bag? This method is completely unknown, but the results were very surprising. As a bonus, geranium plants will take up less space, since this trick requires removing them from the pots. Once rolled up and secured in the paper bag, you should place it in a cool room, but not necessarily sunny. Thus your flowers can spend the winter in the garage or in the basement (the temperature should fluctuate between 5-10 degrees Celsius). Instead of a paper bag, you can use a cardboard box. In terms of maintenance, just put the roots in water a few times during the winter and check for mold.
NB : It is best to wrap the roots so that they do not expose and do not dry out.
How to separate seedlings of pelargonium?
When raised, geranium is a subtropical flowering plant that does not tolerate very cold temperatures and absolutely does not tolerate frosts. But in reality, you have a choice: either you choose a full winter in which your plants are dormant, or you grow seedlings indoors.
Here’s how to do it: Cut the buds in the fall. Plant them one by one in pots where they will root and show their first shoots in spring. Alternatively, you can also place the sprouts in a container of water, which you will place on the windowsill in a warm room. Make sure to replace the water weekly. Once the seedlings are rooted, you can transplant them into the ground in early spring where they will begin to flower.