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peteSpeteS Posts: 865

What sort of treatment should I give my pelargoniums for Autumn. They have nearly finished flowering, so should I cut them right back in readiness to bringing them inside before the frost gets to them.



  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden South Coast UKPosts: 862

    When is the best time to bring them into a greenhouse, mine are still in bloom?

  • peteSpeteS Posts: 865

    I've other tender plants which I just bring into the house over Winter, but this is the first time I've grown pelargoniums so I wasn't sure whether to cut them back prior to bringing them inside or not.

  • Last year I cut mine back and left them in the border. I mulched over the top with lawn clippings to about 2 inches. Due to the very mild winter in South Wales they have come back lovely this year. Bit of a gamble but it paid off.

  • peteSpeteS Posts: 865

    So basically I leave them for another month or so, cut them hard back, bring them inside and keep them fairly dry.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,159

    Peter - they're pretty straightforward and can survive a fair bit of neglect or abuse! image

    Too much water does more harm than almost anything else.

    Even my mother could keep pelargoniums overwinter, usually on a windowsill or two, and she was capable of killing plastic flowers....image 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    Fairy, had to laugh there, you have reminded me of when I was young and my dad got his gun for me to practice, we needed some targets, and my mum had a plastic arrangement of daffs and tulips in one of those plaster boat shaped thingys, inside was a mesh stuff so the flowers stood up poked in this mesh, we thought what a good idea, so out in the garden it went! 

    My mum had some things to put up with from my dad and I imagep

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,159

    Lyn - best thing for them ...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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