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To buy or not to buy ???

shazza 3shazza 3 Posts: 181

hello and Happy New year to all gardeners image

I have seen an offer for Geraniums which I love and do absolutely brilliantly in my borders. they are for bare-rooted plants.

I am tempted to order them but because I don't have a greenhouse, I wondered if they would die before I had a chance to plant them ??

would they survive in an unheated shed with lots of light if I potted them up when they arrived ?? the shed is water-tight.

many thanks



  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Are they hardy geraniums or pelargoniums?

    The former could be pots outside or planted directly if the soil isn't frozen.

    SW Scotland
  • shazza 3shazza 3 Posts: 181

    hello, thanks for your replies.

    I am such a numpty, didn't think to look at delivery date image

    they are Hardy Geraniums, so by end of March they should be ok in shed for a few weeks ???

    I am in windy Swansea


  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Shazza - I would just pot them up and leave out in a sheltered corner.

    SW Scotland
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You have to be careful which company is selling the plants.  Some are not good, or rather sometimes they sell poor plants.

    Funnily enough one of the companies with a variable reputation is advertising hardy geraniums right next door to my answer, right now.

    Last edited: 11 January 2017 18:41:57

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522

    My mum ordered a collection of assorted hardy geraniums from an advert in the paper. She got six Buxtons blue which she already had. Of course until they flower you don't know what you've got. She did get a refund eventually.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    yes, do check what they are. The choice varieties don't come cheap, the invasive ones do.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,133

    Hardy geraniums are just that Shazza - hardy , so no need to put them anywhere inside.

    As Joyce says - pot up and put them somewhere sheltered - ie tucked in against the house wall, or against a fence  out of the worst of the elements to let them get accustomed to your location. They may have been grown in a protected environment so, unless you know they haven't, it's a bit of insurance. Once they've grown on a bit and have established, you can plant out. image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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