Return to the Winter Sowing Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

Posted by vera_eastern_wa 5b-6a (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 15, 08 at 16:44

I brought one in and treated it like my househplants, only watering a little less. I just finished watering plants and noticed a few small flower buds starting to form!! YIPPIE!
I was going to take cuttings from it here in about 3 weeks, but think I'll wait :D


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

I do it that way, too, Vera, although some people cut them back and hang them in paper bags, then pot them up again in late winter - there's more than one way to do it, I guess. I have a "Martha Washington" type and a regular one wintering over now. They're getting a bit leggy, so I was considering doing some cuttings.


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

I watched a video (here?) on boxing them up in the basement and you all are reminding me I'd better go down and check if there is any sign of life!

I am somehow doubtful but, hey, I would have lost em anyway (only had windowsill room for a couple)

I'll let you know if this boxing up thing works!


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

  • Posted by dorisl 5 NW Chicago burbs (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 17, 08 at 22:17

me too! Ive got two nice big ones is really good shape and a smaller one that looks a little.... tired?

I tried cuttings during the winter and NOTHING happened. It only really works in the spring?


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

dorisl,

Late summer to early fall and again in spring is when herbaceous plants root fastest.
Winter isn't a good time because most plants take a rest and the hormone auxin that tells the plant to put out new growth is not that active.


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

  • Posted by dorisl 5 NW Chicago burbs (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 21, 08 at 21:00

Thanks, Vera, Ill try again!


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

Report from the "overwinter in a box" front: - - - NG.

I have about 5 that aren't totally dried up and gone (out of about 15 in the box), so I am putting them in some soil but I am NOT hopeful. oh well...win some lose some. I'tll be a miracle if these bounce back.


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

I have been overwintering a geranium like you did for over 8 years now...a snipping I took from my grandmother's house when she passed away. I have 5 flowers starting to bloom. It always reminds me of her especially when it starts to bloom. After the blooms die off, I make several cuttings that I root for the following years garden.

I made a cutting a couple months ago on an area that just got too leggy...it took over a month to root but it will soon be ready to pot up. Enjoy! Kim


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

Nice Kim!!

So far only just the one flowering stem...starting to show some color in the last few day. I've given a light feeding the last two times I watered.
I think if I have time today I will take a few cuttings anyways...I don't think I want to wait any longer if I want blooms on time in the garden. New leaves are being produced almost daily so rooting should be fairly quick now :D

Vera


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

None of my boxed geraminums "bounced back". Oh well. I have one that I overwintered in a coolish room and THAT one I'll take and root cuttings! Good thing I have 165 jugs of other stuff out there! so no point to whining!


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

Here is a picture of my granddaughter holding one of the blooms off my plant. I wanted to get more cuttings going for spring planting and had to take from the blooming stems. Jordan loves to "sniff sniff" flowers. Kim

Geranium


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

  • Posted by shimla 5 Upstate, NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 5, 08 at 20:48

I pulled 6 out of my compost pile last year, tossed them in a plastic bucket and forgot about them. I remembered them after I saw this posting and drudged them up from the basement. I planted and watered the dead sticks a couple of weeks ago and the darned things have started to leaf :)! I can't wait to see when they start to bloom. I'm always lacking annuals early in the season. This just might be my solution!


 o
RE: Yeah! Over-wintered Geranium

  • Posted by dorisl 5 NW Chicago burbs (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 29, 08 at 21:54

Tried again and I GOT ROOTS! Yippee!

:)


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Winter Sowing Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here