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Geraniums in pots. Try to keep them or grow new ones?

BMLBML Posts: 151
My neighbour has a number of Geraniums in large pots which she puts in her conservatory during the Winter and out they come in the Spring raring to go.  I tried that but in my greenhouse and they died.  Is it possible or even recommended to attempt to keep them or should one just buy some seedlings and grow new ones? 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,427
    You could try taking cuttings and keeping them on a windowsill over winter if you have the room.
    I find it gets too damp in a greenhouse and they go mouldy. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,833
    I agree with @AnniD .  Cuttings are the way to go if the plants are too big to bring indoors for the winter.  That way you have double plants if the parents do survive in the greenhouse, and insurance if they don't.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    I'm assuming it's pelargoniums you mean? They need to be kept on the dry side too, no matter where you have them. Definitely take cuttings. 
    Good airflow and ventilation if they're in a greenhouse is necessary  - or you get the problem with mould as @AnniD says. 
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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,280
    I always cut back the pelargoniums that go into the greenhouse for winter. I can use the trimmings for cuttings and if the winter isn't too cold, the pelargoniums in the greenhouse start growing again in spring. As Fairygirl says, keep them on the dry side. A bit of neglect when it comes to watering can bring marvellous results.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    I remove them from their pots in Autumn and then pack them into troughs with compost on the dry side of damp. I keep them in an enclosed North facing porch and in the Spring I begin to water them lightly. I have had success with Spring cuttings and do them when the new growth begins to show. I pot on the parents individually in May. I have far too many now 😀.
    SW Scotland
  • BMLBML Posts: 151
    Many thanks all. I will follow your advice. BML
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