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Geraniums In My Window

By Adina Dosan (adinamitiDecember 29, 2011
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What would be a window without a geranium during the long winter? Perhaps just a cold window with icicles hanging above. But when the geranium leaves are showing through the window, the house looks warm and cozy. Those of you who are living in warm zones might not understand, but those in the north, where it's already freezing, will know what I am talking about.

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Geraniums blooming during summer As soon as the first frost is announced, I am moving all my potted plants back inside. I don't know how, but every year it seems this announcement is on the very same day when it happens, so every fall I'm in a big hurry. Usually, it takes me almost an hour just to get the pots inside, crowding them in the conservatory - which I like to refer to as my greenhouse. Then I start  thinking where to put all of them. Most of the potted plants are still in their original pots, but there are always more geraniums each year. How could this happen, I wonder? The answer is easy, and gardeners should know it! Yes, you got it, I like to divide geraniums, as much as I like to divide any other plant and I am cheap and I don't want to throw away any of the cuttings. That's where all the geraniums come from!

Plants in my window during winter The big plants moved back insideView from outside of the plants in my coservatory

My husband likes to open the windows and air the rooms every morning, even in winter, so we are always arguing when it's time for moving the pots back iGeraniums in pots on the floor in front of the balcony windown. This year's argument was about a wall that cracked last winter because I had put too many pots on our bedroom windowsill. I don't like to argue, so I wondered what will I do if I couldn't keep my geraniums in that window. I have the conservatory where I'm keeping almost all the pots, but unfortunately it is oriented to the west and during winter it doesn't have too much sun. The geraniums couldn't stay in there if I wanted to have any geraniums when winter was over. 

Japanese geraniums on my window sill Our bedroom was still the best choice, since it's oriented to the south and has sun all day long. I put some of them on the floor, in front of the balcony door, but I still had some which needed space. This year I threw away a few geraniums to have a pot for an azalea I was overwintering. My mother was devastated when she saw those blooming red geraniums thrown away! I reassured her that we would have even more geraniums next spring, if those left inside will grow in the proper conditions.

I managed to convince my husband that my geraniums weren't guilty for the cracked wall and that maybe the earthquakes moved the house and did the damage. Now all my geraniums are on a southern window and they are happy. They don't need to bloom during winter and I usually trim them back from once in a while, so they can grow vigorously until spring. They always tend to grow thin if they are far from the light, that's why I've learned my lesson and always keep them in a sunny Ivy geraniums blooming on the balcony during summerwindow all winter long. All the geranium species react the same, so it's difficult to find a good spot for each of them. I have a few huge pots with hanging geraniums, a few with simple geraniums and a few with japanese geraniums. Sometimes I think my husband is right to argueIvy geraniums on my window sill about this, but what can I do? I'm addicted to my plants! Meanwhile, all the potted plants are okay, especially the geraniums which are showing off their foliage in the bedroom window. Just don't tell my husband; he thinks they are less than last year, yet the windowsill is full - those plants are growing so well and so big! Am I to blame because I have a green thumb? Even he is proud of it!

 

 


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Adina DosanAdina is a Romanian plants and pets addicted, always happy to share her experience. Follow her on Google.

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Love them sherizona 3 12 Aug 14, 2012 3:20 AM
Memories of "Window" Geraniums Sashagirl 30 108 Jan 4, 2012 11:58 AM
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