Overwintering Geraniums: one-month check-up

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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.

Did I soverwintering geraniumsee any mold? Nope.

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.

If I’d seen any mold, I would have clipped that off a plant, or — if it was spreading throughout the plant — I would have thrown it out. So always watch for that when you do your monthly updates.overwintering geraniums

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…