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Hi,

How have you overwintered geraniums? what method has worked best for you? I've tried the bare root in the dark method, and also indoor potted method, both with mixed results. I've also done the buy new plants from Costco in the spring method LOL, after some of my in the dark plants dried out.

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Had you placed the ,in the dark roots, in saw dust or slightly moisted peat? I have cut back also in pots but both methods are so so. Best results was when I put them outside the bilko door (cellar door below grade) where it does not freeze. I gave up. Only do dalias now

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Had you placed the ,in the dark roots, in saw dust or slightly moisted peat? I have cut back also in pots but both methods are so so. Best results was when I put them outside the bilko door (cellar door below grade) where it does not freeze. I gave up. Only do dalias now

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No, I put the bare root plants in paper bags, but without anything moist. I'll try that, thanks!
I should have moistened their roots 2-3X, but in the basement crawl space they were out of sight, out of mind.
 

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No, I put the bare root plants in paper bags, but without anything moist. I'll try that, thanks!
I should have moistened their roots 2-3X, but in the basement crawl space they were out of sight, out of mind.
Go to home depot or Lowes and ask for thier sawdust
But be careful not to get any where they cut treated lumber.

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DW pots cuttings in potting soil with some rooting hormone. Put 'em in the trays the pots fit in and slip the whole mess into a dry-cleaning (clear) plastic bag. As long as they are kept even slightly moist, they'll root and be ready to go out in the spring. We've done the bare root in paper bag thing with less success.
 

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I have actually just brought them in the house-in pots with potting soil -and kept them in a sunny spot and they always do fine.
 

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I had a customer who had one in his front window for years, but it got leggy and about 3 ft tall, and not very nice

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I have a fairly large (10-12 inch) pot with three or four geranium plants. I been moving it outside in the summer and inside in the winter for 7 or more years now. We have a south facing sunroom where I keep it in the winter, it seems to like the bright light and heat. It went through one hailstorm several summers ago which beat it down to the ground in the pot. I figured it was a goner but in a few weeks it was sprouting new growth.

I cut it way back before each move. It looks very ragged after the pruning but it grows back with new bright leaves and blooms all summer and winter after it has recovered from the pruning.
 

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I've kept two large pots in my family room for several years. They don't get much sun, but they survive. They are leggy after the winter so I cut them back and stick the cuttings in soil. Since they aren't all that expensive, I think I may just go and get new ones next spring.
 
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