Overwintering Geraniums: one-month check-up
I always find it a little scary opening up the box that I’m overwintering my geraniums in after the first month has passed.
That’s because the beautifully-vibrant plants I first put in there are now the picture of death and destruction! I’m talking dead leaves and what initially appeared like lifeless plants.
But, on closer examination, I discovered they’re doing exactly what they should be doing.
When you’re overwintering geraniums, the three things you’re checking for each month are mold, shriveled branches and tiny new leaves.
Shriveled branches? Nope again. (shriveled leaves, yes, but that’s to be expected; they’ll eventually fall off)
Tiny new leaves? Yes indeed! If you look closely in this photo, you’ll see small, pale leaves emerging from the stems. That’s a very good sign.
I didn’t see any shriveled branches, but last year about 2/3 of the way through the winter, I noticed one plant’s branches had started shriveling up. I decided to take it out of the box, lightly mist it with some water and then return it to the box. I was sure I was going to lose the plant so figured it was worth a try. It turns out, the plant perked right up and grew beautifully through the whole garden season. Another good reason to check your plants once a month through the winter!
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do these monthly check-ups. It’s easy enough to forget but marking your calendar at monthly intervals is a great reminder.
OK, see you back here in a month for the next update…