What do i do to overwinter these?
Do you have a greenhouse or cold frame Marge?
2 Nov, 2008
Or room to take indoors if not a box wrap geranims inloads of nespaper and put up in loft for winter.
Bring back down in Spring.
~ can you put it on a windowsill preferably the kitchen?If it gets a bit leggy you will need to prune.If not wrap in heavyweight fleece and put somewhere sheltered-keep an eye on it though!
If you get a warm day let it have some air.Another alternative might be a bell cloche and wrap the base in hessian or something strong and thick~ it will depend on how cold it gets!
Thanks to Arlene and Scotkat. Don't have a greenhouse or cold frame.
I can put them in a sheltered place with fleece.
~ if you are going to use fleece get either 25gsm or 30gsm ~try all seasons gardener ebay shop~and double it if necessary!~the plant covers which you tie on do not do the job!~
I certainly would not be leaving my geraniums outdoors here with fleece today very very hard white frost .They would not survive with me.
3 Nov, 2008
Marge you are more of an optimist even than I am. We are talking about pelargoniums aren't we?
~I have had a tray full of small ivy leaved geraniums outside my greenhouse with fuchsias under a thick double layer of 30gsm fleece draped and tucked in at the edges-the begonias which had no cover are gone but my geraniums are fine.
I am not advocating thin flimsy stuff or only one layer~ for instance in the front garden in front of my front door my lapageria currently is swathed in about 4/5 layers and is in a double pot and is also fine . If I had one large geranium I would wrap it up like a baby and put it in the most sheltered spot in the garden to get through -1 to -3 and if i was really worried I would bring it in and stand it on the kitchen floor overnight. For -4 to -6.anything below that I would also cover with a large clear polythene bag but it depends where you are and what the temperatures are,you can also insulate by using bubble wrap between your existing pot and another one but remember to keep water to a minimum
You can also get a mini greenhouse for between £12 and £20 and put it in that loosely wrapped in fleece.This works! I did this with most of my fuchsias last winter.
It does mean ongoing maintenance to keep taking it off on warm days and checking that it is not bone dry and if that is not for you then try Scotkats method!
~Wilkinsons had some at about £15 for a four tier plastic and you can buy an additional fleece cover for about £9.
~If you don't have cavity wall insulation you will be losing heat through the walls of the house.
~If you are able to site a small plastic against the house wall particularly backed on to a radiator you will get some residual heat in the bricks which also helps!
Wow! thanks to all for their many suggestions - lots of food for thought. I am going to have to get a move on!
Yes I am an optimist, in my teens I read in Readers Digest
"Two men looked out through prison bars
One saw mud,
One saw stars"
Keep looking up! Love Marge.
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