It was last year, about this same time, the first or second week of November, when I was going to get rid of the geraniums that adorned my front porch during Summer. But then, I remembered reading from a magazine that these are one of the plants we can
"save" during winter.
So yeah, I decided to give it a try. This post it's being in the making for an entire year.
I love geraniums, after red roses, this is perhaps the plant/flower I like the most.
Both of these plants remind me of my mother, she always had them in her garden.
I don't have roses in my garden, I haven't had a good experience with them, but geraniums are a staple every year.
I didn't know I could save them during winter. Every Spring I used to buy the little plants and waited for them to grow.
But as I said, last year I took them out very gently, trying not to brake the roots that much.
After getting rid of the dirt around their roots, I also removed the flowers they had.
This was that last bouquet I enjoyed. ;)
I didn't prune them, in my opinion, they were a medium size, so I left them like that.
Then, using jute rope I tied them by their roots...
And hang them upside down in a dark, cold corner of my basement.
However, I have to admit, I completely forgot about my geranium plants all winter long. :(
I didn't soak or spray the roots with water. Not even one single time.
One day in May I finally remembered I had the plants in the basement.
They didn't look too bad.
I brought them out and replant them.
I'm so sorry I have no pics or better yet, I have no idea where those pictures might be.
The thing is, I had flowering geraniums all Summer long!
It took them like a month to recuperate after re-planting them. Only one of the six plants died during summer when we went away on our vacation.
This is how they look today. This weekend I'm gonna save them again.
And this time I promise I'm gonna set an alarm to water those roots during winter. ;)
By the way, while working with the geraniums last year, I couldn't ignore my beautiful oak tree. There are still lots of green leaves on it this year, some more days and it will be the same, can't wait!
I have to say this was super easy!
Do you over winter plants? Any advice you want to give to an amateur gardener like myself?
Thanks in advance!