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Geraniums, Pelargoniums and Erodiums: Bringing my potted geraniums inside

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parismom
Hopewell, NJ

November 9, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8882956

i have them in a southeast facing garden window in clay pots. they manage okay during the indoor season (i refuse to use the "w" word) but they become leggy and get yellow, wilted leaves and i'm sure there are ways to optimize their inside existence. any thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated and followed.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 10, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8884576

Go very light with the watering. Did you cut them back at all?
parismom
Hopewell, NJ

November 15, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8891427

no. i'm a real chicken :-(
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 15, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8891585

They can look terrible in winter but they adjust to a certain degree and it is not mandatory for you to cut them back now. By April they'll perk up quite a bit. Just go very easy with the water. I do well at ignoring mine and giving them a drink about once a month and they are in a southwest exposure.

Resume feeding in early March.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8891718

I dug up several hardy geraniums (biokovo, amongst others) at least two months ago and they are loving the southern exposure through the windows. You are right , Pril, I give them a bit of water. It's so cheerful having them indoors!

And I am ababysitting a very large scented geranium for a friend. I had never had one before, and they are delightful! It's about three feet wide and smells of ginger. I must take cuttings, once I figure out how.

Thanks for the tip about feeding them in early March!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 15, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8891830

Donna - those scented ones are such joy in winter. I don't think I ever tried to root cuttings but Google may have some help for you.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 16, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8892456

You know, Pirl, I have taken lots of cuttings of pelargoniums. The individual plants are a bit expensive, so I would strip off the leaves, cut off any flowers and stick them in seed starting mix. I would put them on a tray that I watered from the bottom, and every year I'd increase my plant stock. I'll bet it's the same process!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8892497

Maybe I took cuttings at the wrong time of year, Donna. I don't know if new growth or old growth works best. At any rate, now that I have the kitchen and bedrooms along with the porch filled to capacity with vacationing plants, I don't have room for more. Temptation is evil at this point so I don't even go looking for sale plants.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 16, 2011
7:24 AM

Post #8892556

I must have 30 plants occupying the area in front of my patio windows. I'm forever stepping over things. But there is a part of me that loves it. There is a musa, the huge geranium, several achimeas, an abuliton, a fern. Lovely!

Sales? Heaven forbid!
ScentedLeaf
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
9:04 PM

Post #8991569

[quote="parismom"]i have them in a southeast facing garden window in clay pots. they manage okay during the indoor season (i refuse to use the "w" word) but they become leggy and get yellow, wilted leaves and i'm sure there are ways to optimize their inside existence. any thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated and followed.[/quote]

Good light is the key to over winter scented pelargoniums (in my case). I do not cut them ... but we do "bonsai" them (read cut & trim to maintain a shape). Watering is the second one, fighting aphids and the like is the third ... you got the idea. Also it is very important to gradually accommodate them inside ... way before the cold weather starts. Try to replace your CFL lights with LED and you'll be amazed by the difference (in plants and money) ... but CFL is better than nothing.

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