Thanks. I love them but they’re such a pain to find homes for in the winter… This should fix that! This area has the worst weeds ever! Your inspiring instructions never fail for me! I asked if I could get a,small slip of it and mind yo the plant is huge. We’re going to fix this. I’ll try to keep posting progress of butchered geraniums. If centering seems impossible,  just cut away more roots and soil to create a rounded shape. Hi Sandra from Washington State – The scented-leaved geraniums are becoming increasingly-rare. It is white but really doesn’t look like a geranium. MGABC does not endorse nor is it responsible for any content provided on third-party websites. From the two I bought I made eight new plants. I have ordered from them several times (most recently five years ago) and their plants have always been well grown, properly labelled, nicely packed, and promptly shipped. if so after that you will absolutely get pleasant It’s kind of hard to decide between beautiful plants and ocean life but think dolphins and manatees and this will help. Well. I took some cuttings off the geranium last evening, got some fresh potting mix and this afternoon, plan to plant them. It’s in a window that my violets love, but as it’s winter, it doesn’t get a super amount of sunshine. Course the chickens don’t mind playing “rugby” with them. Most spring-blooming bulbs need to be exposed to 8-10 consecutive weeks (or more) of winter temperatures that are 7°C or colder. I have a favorite, but tired-looking geranium that will likely benefit from I am looking at them to cut them back, and the lowest leaves are still quite high up. (I’m nearly 70, but I can still dance.. when no one’s looking!) Sara – So sorry I missed your question! This will help the plants get bushier and give you even more plants. Yours are so beautiful. I started out with about 25, but through attrition now have about 15-18. Lastly, what a beautiful photo of the moth! If winterizing strawberry plants in mild winters, they will often live without any mulch or special winter care in Zones 7 and higher (8, 9). Be sure to have a look-see…. I now will have to hang my new little plants in my living room by my E-SE bay window~by my large (6′ long) spider plant and a philodendron. Love your blogs and pictures.+. How to Design a Window Garden I had some beautiful dark pink geraniums that ended up on the compost pile this year. Thank you so much! I prefer 4-inch (10.16 c) clay pots. I plant the cuttings which have successfully rooted into larger pots in good potting soil. The window garden subjects are fed at the rate of one 1/4 teaspoon formula per gallon of water. This past spring we used your technique for preventing weeds in our front garden bed. Ceramic houseplant pots, indoor planters, and indoor gardening supplies. I think I will try your system this year. Gosh, they are already putting Christmas stuff out in the Home Depot. I harden all my geraniums slowly, and by mid-May I put them in pots, using good potting soil, or in the ground in a sunny location. Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster flower food every week or so. A WONDERFUL source of scented geraniums is Well-Sweep Herb Farm in Port Murray, New Jersey. My question is the same as #59, Meg 11-5-14. Sounds like good advice for geraniums. They winter over just fine here, but it might be fun to use this method for a little happiness in the window through the winter months… Thanks. You are genius. She was the oldest daughter of John Dandridge (1700–1756), a Virginia planter and immigrant from England, by his wife Frances Jones (1710–1785), who was of American birth and English, Welsh, and French descent.Martha had three brothers and four sisters: John (1733–1749), William (1734–1776), Bartholom… In April I start to water the geraniums twice a month, and if possible bring them to a brighter location. Out of the total city population, 50.2% are female and 49.8% are male. Another plant I love that is perfect for a small house is Oxalis – goes dormant when not watered and can sit in my cellar through the winter. Out of those, I would guess that I had 20+ that made it. If you do need to re-pot it, look for a 5 US gal (19 L) pot for a 2 to 3 year-old tree or a 10 US gal (38 L) pot for trees older than that. Thanks for another great idea. I tried the petunia cuttings and did everything you said but none of them made it. I have grown this geranium for a year with success in southern California. Kevin, should I add the phosphorous every time I water? To do this in a “professional manner,” place one hand over the top of the plant, where it can support the soil and top growth. Also, use the end tip of the cutting, meaning, don’t cut off the blossom end and stick in a middle part of stem and expect good results. It’s already beginning the second week of September here in NH and the nights are cool, but I’m still going to try my hand at cutting back my geranium and rooting the cuttings. A friend gave me a hanging geranium at the beginning of Fall 2013 to try to see if I could try overwintering it in my sunroom. Now, what to do with all the stems we cut ? I love it! My windows would be facing northwest…guess I will need a light. I put my large pot of geraniums in the garage last year over winter…occasionally watering and they came back in spring. Will be trying your suggestions. This works fairly well–sometimes–but your method sounds even better. If they root, fine, if not, okay, too. I have geraniums that live inside, in my dining room window year-round. Aloe Vera is easy to raise, requires relatively little care and provides pretty foliage year round. Q. Eucalyptus Leaves Changing Shape - The new leaves on my Dalrympleana mountain gum eucalyptus tree, which was planted this spring, have grown pear shaped and… Q. Eucalyptus Tree - I have a eucalyptus tree that is two years old and it is planted outside. I have three huge geraniums, nurtured through 3-4 winters, that need to be tamed and revitalized. My husband is thrilled as am I. I have a geranium that was given to me last year when my brother passed and I brought it in for the winter. I don’t have storage space for any more gardening supply products. Thanks for the great info. I have several scenteds struggling along in their pots. I also read once that in the old days when pencils were made of cedar, housewives or husbands poked the pencils into the dirt a couple weeks before they brought the plants in to get rid of the gnats. And watered it till.the water ran out the bottom.the color of this germanium is a,peach orange a beautiful color. In fact I had the screened-in porch on my 113-year old home converted to a sunroom with extra-wide sills to house my geraniums, along with a 7′ tall umbrella plant, 5′ tall corn plant, blooming impatiens and begonias and assorted smaller green plants.. We recommend chilling the bulbs in a refrigerator and then planting them into the garden to bloom. HI Ruth – Sounds like you’re becoming a geranium-rejuvenating pro! How I Propagate Petunias for Winter-Bloom Do you think it will grow once it warms up and the sun is out more? Thanks for the info to locate scented geraniums, and all the tips on enjoying geraniums all year. You don’t want this little snip to work at flowering … you need it to ROOT. Thank you Kevin for the tips on how to do geraniums these are my favourite plant & I have one which is called Rose Geranium – it is white with pink frilly edges it looks like tiny rose buds just beautiful – I hope I can keep it over the because this one is hard to come by. I have an ivy leaf geranium that I would like to try to propagate over the winter as you describe. of Georgia also looks like a good source of scenteds. Any further tips? You are awesome, If you cut back the mother plant, just cut enough roots/foliage in order to return the plant to the same hanging basket, and fill in with fresh potting mix. I had no idea! A Walk in the Early-August Garden, BY Kevin Lee Jacobs | August 13, 2013 137 Comments. Thanks! Or, maybe the window area is too cold during winter-time. Pictured above: Zonal, scented-leaved, and fancy-leaved geraniums in my Library/Den window in February, 2008. I am looking forward to using these steps mid august. They can NOT handle frost. If you browse the houseplants category on this website, you’ll find pictures of scented-leaved and big-flowered geraniums displayed in my various winter window gardens over the years. Thanks and bye. Many years ago I purchased (via mail-order) apple, nutmeg, lemon, and other scented varieties from Logees in Danielson, CT. You can visit their website: Two surprises were a Solomon's Seal hosta that I had given up for dead, it sprung back to life. I am in SW Colorado (13,800 ft elevation) and my geraniums are quite happy on the deck from mid-June to mid-September. Ha! Add new soil so the new roots have new material to grow into. Three days ago, I finally hauled in my 45+ geraniums from outside where they were vacationing, still in their pots. However, taller varieties should be cut back by a third in September to reduce the risk of wind damage. It has been repinned a number of times already. They look pitiful now so hope I can revive them. I dip the cuttings in hormone rooting powder and pot them in a light potting or starting soil, and pat them in firmly. After experimenting with geraniums, brought in for overwintering, which thrived and bloomed all winter, I thought why not. Wow, I’m so glad I did, you have so much information regarding houseplants, care tips, propagation, and how to water that I am kicking up my heels! You have definitely been the role model for Delicious Living. Your winter window is an eye-popper and must give you great pleasure in the cold months. Illuminated for 16 hours per day, I can tell you that zonal geraniums will bloom in winter almost as well as they do in summer. Through propagation efforts, your mother’s geranium will live forever. I’d love to save it through the winter. I’ve just built a backyard greenhouse in Regina Sask and had kept my geraniums alive, but now I wil go and revive them and I’ll have a whole lotta plants blooming this winter and into next summer. Place the stem in the pencil-dibbled hole…. Thanks for clarifying for me. My geraniums thank you for this one. I want to know about that knife you are using to slice the rootball! Pictured above is my rose-scented ‘Lady Plymouth.’  You can crush the leaves of this variety, and add them to your bath water. The room stays at zone 7 or 8 so even if I am away dormancy is no problem nor need to water. During the spring and summer months, Aloe can grow outside in most areas. I think one of them has bloomed in last 2 years. Remove also the stipules, or little flaps along the stem. I love humming bird moth’s. In the past I found that if the geraniums bloomed during the winter, they were extremely slow to bloom once I returned them to the garden in the summer. Just like that. Every winter I just bring them inside, put them insouth facing windows, and water once a month. And we get to enjoy them all winter long as well Your blog is a highlight of my week. I carefully shake the old soil off the roots, and plant them in a 1 gallon pot or larger if necessary. The children thought it was a bee. Love your posts. The medium sized knife I use in the garden was removed from a parolee arrested by my husband many years ago. Recommendation for those doing the same with petunias: soak the new potting soil so it is good and wet, and keep watering it well for the first 2 weeks while the plant snips adjust to being on their own and not part of a big plant. Tricky to grow indoors, since it demands water every time you turn around! Consequently if you find one, be sure to propagate it! (Geranium, Coleus, Passiflora, Sweet Potato Vine, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Verbena, Hypoestes, Roses, Pittosporum, Persian Shield, Angel Wing Begonia). Thank you so much. For potted cuttings of many types, I rely on vented plastic bags, positioned as humidity domes. Hope so! Your idea of rooting what you “pinch” off is even better in that you will end up with more flowers. They are beautiful on my deck, and I have been unsuccessful in transitioning them inside before. not now You can keep your beautiful snow in the Hudson valley . now, my next research topic was petunias… and I see a post there ready for me. Kevin, I was so glad to read your post on the overwintering and care of zonal geraniums. Why do you suggest a clay pot, why not plastic? I’m very excited about this post, but then most of your posts excite me. I posted in October 2015 that I was going to try your method. I have always wanted blue in my garden, but the blue perrienials are too short lived. Excellent! The blooms are great color and brighten my environment two to four times during the cabin fever months. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this tutorial, Kevin. I couldn’t even get mine to thrive in my garden. Hi Susan – Here in (cold) zone 5-b, zonal geraniums are not hardy. (this is mostly about starting the cuttings but it always makes me shake my head when instructions say “when it starts rooting”. Choose from a wide selection of easy-to-grow upright and trailing varieties. Good luck with your geraniums! They seemed to have already gone into a dormant state but recently started putting out new growth. . Very enlightening and inspiring. With this I will stop because I respect an individuals’ right to garden without being lectured…. Hi Maria – I bring mine indoors at the end of September, and before frost. I have lots of 4 in. The plant offered is over 5 years old with a stout, well branched 1 inch wide trunk standing 5 inches tall. Since I live I have always loved them. Sadly, these are becoming rare lately, so propagating them is the only way to guarantee that you will have them from year to year. Then set the stems aside for a few hours (or even a few days) to permit their cut end to dry, or “callus.” A callused cut is not likely to rot. Plastic bag humidity domes are not used outside, just indoors under the grow lights. Never realized you could scent milk for baking with scented geraniums!! I have always wanted to winter over my geraniums and this year I have a very special one that my Mother loved on. Geraniums were a “welcome” gift when people moved to these Rocky Mountain early mining towns; ladies would take a flowering start to a newcomer. X Research source A pot bigger than 15 US gal (57 L) will be really hard to move around. I trim off all large and fading leaves and remove flowers. Thank you so much for the tips on how to do this! The first two years it… Q. Thanks so much Kevin! Hi -- We have 16 40-year-old avocado trees of various flavors (basically, everything except Haas). Vancouver Island. You are simply an unending source of knowledge!!! The dome of plastic keeps extra moisture close to the foliage, without misting (which I perpetually forget to do). You are such a wonderful inspiration for me. Kevin, your new web site is very classy – I love it. Yea! You can also steep the leaves in full-fat milk, and then use the milk to make scented icing for cakes and cupcakes. First of all I want to say wonderful blog! Good morning , Kevin….I got my 2 shelves cut for my south facing computer room window last week….now i think I will have to go back and get more cut some for the east facing living room for the added geraniums….one can never have enough flowers blooming in the house over the winter….and, of course, that gives us plants ready to go for the next spring………..thank you so much… this project…can hardly wait to see how it turns out! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I hung it up on a shepherd’s hook at the back of the house where it gets morning and early afternoon Sun and is somewhat shaded at certain times of the day by a dogwood tree. I have recently discovered and have read glowing reviews of them. I hope this tutorial was useful to you in some small measure. I will keep it in the pot. Hi Robert – Yes, like Dorothy in Oz. Kevin, this was so much fun! Wow! Each year I do bring in my geraniums and they have gotten straggly over the years. Whether it's a tried-and-true 1940s BH&G cookie recipe or a unique twist on sugar cookies, our Test Kitchen's compiled a lot of favorite cookie recipes over the years. Pansies and violas now come in dozens of colors, color combinations, bloom sizes, … Again, thanks Kevin! All my little geraniums are lined up on my dining room windowsill, and doing well. I missed the end of last season you recommend in this excellent blog. A Hummingbird Moth! Hi Bev Grosse – My plants seem to do better when I feed them with every watering. Here, it recently attracted a hummingbird moth. The pictures and explanations were so clear and concise. Kevin, I have been growing geraniums for years now here in SE Colorado out on the plains. I can’t thank you enough, Kevin! Signed, Thanks for your help in doing so. I’m in western Mass. This will help me stay happy till spring. I am going to share some with friends on Valentine’s Day. Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa) has oblong fuzzy leaves, large velvety bell- shaped flowers with ruffled edges.This tender tuberous perennial is a member of the Gesneriaceae family, a relative of the African Violet. I like the fact that it has fertilizer it it and is supposed to keep them fertilized for up to 6 months. Also, I will be bringing in geraniums that have been in the ground. Thanks for naming the blue plant. And thank you! Boot Hill, July 2014. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! Continued Love Peace and Joy to You! This is very helpful because my geraniums get too stringy in the window in the winter. I stumbled upon your website while searching for window garden information. Your email address will not be published. Thank you, You have to download their print catalog because there’s not a searchable online catalog, and while the catalog is not colorful with lots of pictures — it is essentially a list of botanical names with descriptions in table format — it is still a pleasure to browse through and is the best source of herbs (and scented geraniums) I know of. Using a serrated knife, slice off two-thirds of the roots. I took them all off the plants and put them in water…..and they rooted and grew into the most beautiful hugh geranium !! There are no "secrets" to growing geraniums/pelargoniums - all they require is sun and watering when the soil dries or the temps climb. They were moved to a new property in 2009, and have never bloomed here. Soak the plant thoroughly, until excess moisture escapes through the drainage hole. Geraniums are very easy to start from cuttings. Widely available Chinese hibiscus and Confederate rose, a hand-me-down treasure, cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. I just wanted to tell you I found this germanium bush at this place we always go to eat. Thanks Kevin. Beautiful layout and clear instructions with gorgeous photos! Some of my plants are 4-5 years old….I have managed to keep them going by trial and error….but now you have set me straight. Now to get propagating! Some of the plants are sending up buds to bloom already. Then add fresh potting mixture to come approximately half-way up the sides of the pot. The growing part of the plant is the tip (the apical meristem is what generates new plant growth). You get WAY more lumens of light for much less electricity. You can root cuttings of this fine plant, too. If I cut them back do I necessairly need to cut the roots? in California, they did just fine and are continuing to do their growing outside. If, after pressing down, the soil level drops more than one inch below the top of the pot, just add a little more mixture and re-adjust the stem. (Seattle.) I bought 2 and gave one to my neighbor. My only problem would be space if they need a lot of light. I tried this process at it works so well; my geraniums are beautiful, in flower and looking very healthy. You always have the best gardening ideas! Thanks for posting this timely tutorial. Scroll down through the catalog to Pelargoniums – Scented Geraniums, and prepare to be AMAZED. I’d not been able to keep geraniums alive past May here in AZ (probably because of the heat) but will try your method starting in late March/April when the plants are still strong and temperatures below 100. I cut several holes in the bag to prevent stagnant air. Especially the detailed photo instructions. Kevin, if you are still reading this thread, is it too soon to be taking cuttings from a scented geranium in early Feb? I can’t wait to try this. I start at the end of September or up to mid October, removing my geraniums from their large planter pots or from the garden. I will give these poor anemic, leggy girls one more try by cutting them back drastically and performing that severe root amputation you described. Love this post. I have abused this tool at length and it still does the job. Susan. unless im getting cuttings from it.. i know this one guy that has had a geranium for 7 years with out cutting on it and it still looks the same but now is like a small bush or shrub and is just growing well in the spring and inside in the winter months.. anyhow i need to pollinate mine so i’ll get seeds from the flowers i’d like to start a new plant from seeds not just cuttings. I use a mixture of potting soil and peat moss, so that the roots are comfortably covered and firmly patted down in the soil. The median age of Wrentham is 43 years old. Do you have any suggestions where to purchase them? And very polite. I get excellent results on my ‘plant wall’ ( a five shelf wire rack from Costco. There’s nothing so cheerful as blooming geraniums on a winter windowsill! The older 1 has only bloomed once in the old location, which was beside the house with morning sun. This knife had a secret compartment hidden in the handle, presumably to hold contraband of some sort. These aren’t your grandmother’s old-fashioned flowers. Chopsticks would also work, or slim branches from trees. This month I will cut them back and take cuttings, and then I will fertilize. I’ve been watching some YouTube videos on this same subject and they almost use the same or close to how you take your cuttings. Rinse off any soil which is clinging to the leaves. that I can buzz right through and not have to reread something I may have missed or not understood. Thank you, thank you! All the things you teach and tell us about on your web-site are not always new ideas, but ones that have somehow fallen by the wayside in our hurly-burly, faster-faster culture. I brought my plants in & found my new neighbors have used the area for shoes and a basket of winter apparel. You will know that your cuttings have rooted when new growth becomes evident. You are touching many lives and beautifying many gardens. I have these in pots in an east window and water them once per week. And by the way, you can use these same restoring and propagating procedures for scented leaved geraniums. I love geraniums. Cut these off. Then invert the pot, and, holding the bottom of the pot with your other hand, bang the rim against a hard surface. Now take a good look at your geranium. Great article. Any suggestions Your photos are fabulous and explanation of each step so easily understood by someone who sometimes has issues reading instructions (the photo’s help!) Consequently I bring them indoors in mid-September. I allow them to go semi-dormant by keeping them in a cool place (not dark) and allowing them to become dry. They will bloom all winter if kept in a sunny window. I’m not sure you can even understand what I am trying to tell you so I’ll just have to say, Thank you…from the bottom of my heart, Thank you. Nothing like rushing the season! Kevin, where have you been for the past year? After I’ve sliced, diced and repotted my Gerries, how do I know when they’re making new roots without removing them from the pot? But I have just ONE teeny tiny question. Then let me show you how, exactly, to prepare these popular summer plants for winter-beauty indoors. Thank you! i have to let mine grow out more so that i can share slips of it to friends and family My geraniums are leggy, because I didn’t know I was supposed to cut them back for the past 2 years. Hi Kevin. I also have the glass water globes stuck in the soil, one or two per plant depending on its size. I’m wondering if this soil will keep them too moist. Fantastic job! We haven’t had a hard freeze yet, and it doesn’t look like we will for at least a full week. Happy Valentine’s! How to Winterize Strawberry Plants in the Ground First, ensure that the plants are truly dormant by checking the crowns to make certain there is no active new growth growing. No photo for these next three steps, because I don’t think you need them: Take a 4-inch clay pot, and place a piece of broken pottery over its drainage hole. happy to have more of this particular favorite – so, thank you for your good advice! In your case, I suspect both desert-dry air and over-watering. Have fun with your project! Recently I found a product made by”Hot Shot” that can hang or sit that emits a vapor to kill flying and crawling insects that works great. These tips are provided by Jean Dangerfield. Can I use a larger pot and put more than one cutting in it?? Hi Mary Elia – You are indeed correct. I place them next to the mother geranium and wait. Kevin- do you have any suggestions for Martha Washington geraniums- they are so beautiful in the greenhouse that I can’t resist buying them, but within a very short time they cease blooming altogether. I would love to try growing african violets; at least I’d have some color in the sunroom besides the bright turquoise walls! When I married, I moved across country but always figured that her gardening things would be passed down to me. P.S.- How are you seeing things now? Many thanks Kevin for the post on extending the season for pelargoniums. I’m very Well, I guess I could put the pictures on my website – if I can figure out how to do that! Thanks a mill! I’ve been doing this with my geraniums for a few of years now and it’s great to have plants ready to go in the gardens the following Spring. Thank you, Kevin, for sharing. I don’t think I would have been this ventuorous on Master Gardener AssociationsPacific N.W./Canada/UK, Please consider the environment before printing any material from this website. Your re-post of this article gives me a chance to thank you again for it. I’ve been bringing in a giant geranium and a giant leggy scented geranium I’ve had for years.. Enjoy your news letter. Hi I use a clear bag so I can see the progress. Hi Betty819 – You can start the cuttings in plastic or clay. Currently, the population of Wrentham consists of 11,597 people. I’ll be doing this again, for sure! Thanks Kevin–I will definitely try your method. plastic pots, but I will wash/soak in bleach before using. When you are cutting down the geraniums, do you cut down just as far as there are leaves? I’ve got them in a big raised bed (60cms high, 1.5m square) with glads, lilies and aquilegias. I am about to give up on mine. Iwould not have thought it, as it is so blue , almost indigo blue. I am wondering if the same procedures might work for bringing potted rosemary and lavender here in Alaska. Have a wonderful week. Water is sparingly applied only once a month from November through to March and the dead or dying leaves are tidied up. I took a small stem yesterday and to did the way to said to do inlet it dry out over night. clays/with saucers but don’t recall seeing any there yesterday but since I was mainly looking for the small bags of potting mix, I really didn’t pay much attention to pots. Or “thumb,” if you are holding a camera while you work. I think Husband worries that our house will be overtaken by plants! Should I follow the same method of cutting them way back and repotting them with fresh soil? Indeed, I’m sure I would have adored your mother! I also add 1/4 tsp. 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