Q: What is the best way to carry over geraniums to spring?

A: Usually cuttings are taken in Oct or Nov using this year's tips. When moving from an outdoor garden to indoors, remove plant from garden and place in a pot. Place the pot in a protected spot where they will be kept cool. Keep out of direct sun for several days to give them a chance to develop new roots. Then gradually move them indoors. When the plants are growing actively, they need plenty of light, preferably some direct sun. Fertilize with complete and balanced fertilizer every two weeks. Older plants can be dug up, potted and stored somewhere where they get little light. Keep moist enough to prevent drying out. In late Feb cut them back, repot into fresh container and move where they get bright light conditions. Keep moderately moist until growth begins. Then water until they are back to a regular pattern and start feeding again.

Also, it is true that geraniums may be bare-rooted and stored for the winter. Gently lift the entire plant out of its container or out of the ground and remove the soil from around the root system. Allow the plant to dry a few days, then hang it upside down. Make sure the area where you hang it is cool, dry and has good air circulation, best under 50 degrees but not below freezing. In the spring, pot these in the appropriate sized container and water well. After growth begins, start your fertilizing program. Do not expect 100% results but it has been done and works well.

Q: When do you bring geraniums and petunias inside?

A: Geraniums should be brought in before first frost. Petunias can stand moderate cold but they are not recommended as a winter house plant.

Q: Will container grown geraniums make it through the winter outside.

A: No. They need to be protected during freezing weather.

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