As we wrap up the planting season and head into winter, we wanted to share this great tip we saw on how to store potted geraniums for winter. You can move them indoors and store them as potted houseplants if you have the room, or you can let them go dormant for a few months in storage and thenrepot them for spring.
While storing potted plants for winter is only somewhat frugal you may want to hang onto them since the colors ofpotted geraniums vary from season to season. Below are a few suggestions you could use to help keep them till Spring.
Dig up the geraniums, sort them by color if you want to keep track, gently shake off any loose soil from the roots and remove any dead leaves, flower heads or buds. Check for aphids, spider mites, fungal gnats, and other little insects. Clip off any mold or rotted areas. Now you can either repot the plants and keep them as houseplants or let them go dormant till you pot them up next Spring.
Place the plant in a paper bag and label with the plant name and color of flowers. Place the plant upside down in the bag with the roots sticking out. Gently tie the bag shut with string. Hang the bag in the basement or garage. Check monthly for any signs of mold or rot. Remove those areas. After a few months' time you can pot them in fresh container mix and a wonderful garden planter.