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Reviving dried bedding, lost instructions

kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

Last year I read an item(on the old Beeb site) about drying your summer bedding and storing it indoors. You could then revive it in the spring.

Unfortunately I have lost the link on how to revive it.

Do I just pop them in compost ? do  they need extra moisture or heat?

Has anyone else tried this?


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I would imagine that you have to soak them in water for at least 12 hours, but I can't claim to have ever done this.

    Let us know what happens!

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Thanks Alina, I will keep you updated, 

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Not a complete success but some of them are revivingimage


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Interesting idea, Kate. I'll be curious to see how well they grow, i.e., whether the dessication has any permanent effects.

    I must admit, I didn't believe that it would work at all when you mentioned it, so I'm fascinated by your progress. Which plants did you try?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,312

    Granny always used to do this with bedding 'geraniums'  (pelargoniums as they are now) - taking them out of the pots, wrapping them in newspaper and keeping them in a cardboard box under the bed in the spare room.  Potted them up in the spring and put them on sunny windowsills and in the conservatory and  they sprung into life providing lots of shoots for propagating as well.

    Never heard of it with other bedding plants tho, as so many of them tend to be annuals don't they?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I tried pelargoniums, petunias and fuchsias, the petunias have been useless, 1 in 5 for the fuchsias and 50% of the geraniums are coming back to life!

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Interesting how it's the pelargoniums, with their thick stems, which seem to be doing best.

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