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How To Overwinter Geraniums!

 Terracotta pots filled with geraniums
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 then repot them for spring.

While storing potted plants for winter is only somewhat frugal you may want to hang onto them since the colors of potted geraniums vary from season to season.  Below are a few suggestions you could use to help keep them till Spring.
Garden Wall Pots full of Geraniums

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

Bare root geraniums perfect for container gardening

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.

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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 9:52:25 AM 

Fragrance in Containers.

Gardening in containers is easy, and allows you to bring lovely fragrances up close, whether in a window box, hanging basket or pots on the front porch.  How about a wonderful aromatic garden pot large potted plants on your deck or patio? 
Annuals, perennials, and a few shrubs and bulbs provide strong fragrance and grow well in garden pots.  Here is a sample of plants you can fill your containers with that are unfussy and very fragrant.  Nothing left to do but sit back reap the compliments on your gardening success.

Scented Geraniums - they grow for their leaves rather than the flowers and are best handled as pot grown perennials left outdoors in summer and kept indoors when temps drop below freezing.

Use a herb set like the photo show and a number of different species.  Many gardeners enjoy collecting these under demanding plants with fragrances that include rose, mint, lemon and even chocolate.  The do best in pots placed in full sun in spring and 50 percent sun in summer.  Water them regularly and fertilize from spring to autumn.
Gardenias - is one of the most fragrant plants on earth.  It is a tropical shrub that serves well as a summer patio plant, but it needs a cool place to spend winter - indoors.  The best time to grow them is in early summer.  Water lightly during winter when the plants are indoors.  We love this potted plant and the fragrance is heavenly.

Bulbs - Plant fragrance hyacinths and paper white narcissus in pots in the fall.  Dampen well, the place the pots in a cold place for at least 6 weeks.  Like a garage or under a stairwell in the basement.  Move the pots indoors in late winter, and treat them as sun lovoing houseplants until they flower.
A quick list of some good smelling plants to pot are:  Flowering tobacco, Heliptrope, lilac, Sweet Alyssum, petunia, stock and pinks.  All are lovely in color and style and the fragrances are wonderful and potent.


It is also fun to combine fast growing annual flowers in 14" garden pots creating fragrant bouquets.  Put taller plants toward the center of the large pot and place smaller plants surrounding them plus add trailing plants toward the edges to create a delightful look.  Include more plants than you would in similar space in the ground.
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Post Last Updated: 12/28/2016 3:41:53 PM 

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