I asked if I could get a,small slip of it and mind yo the plant is huge. A secret compartment in the handle? Seeing your tuitorial, I will be cutting back the Mother plant like you showed. Never fails me. Very leggy too. You described it exactly as I remembered it. I assume that will continue to develop foliage and flowers during the winter months. Most penstemons should not be cut back in autumn as the old growth protects the tender crown. I really want to keep them going through the winter, a problem in the past, and it is always nice to have young plants coming on as well. I’ve already got some really good geranium slips going and plan on doing even more this weekend. Kevin, I have been growing geraniums for years now here in SE Colorado out on the plains. They look pitiful now so hope I can revive them. Thanks Kevin! How I Propagate Petunias for Winter-Bloom The leaf is not in good shape, but when I gently pull on it, it seems to be stuck well in the soil, as if it has roots. Thanks. Thank you so much for brightening my winter windowsill!! For potted cuttings of many types, I rely on vented plastic bags, positioned as humidity domes. Thank you, Kevin, for sharing. I’ve been doing this with my geraniums for a few of years now and it’s great to have plants ready to go in the gardens the following Spring. I bought a number of the scented leaved varieties this spring; the oils evaporating in the evening air (a warm spell in this part of the UK!) my own. Thank you again for your blog – it is one of my top ones to read! (I keep saying that (or similar) but I harden all my geraniums slowly, and by mid-May I put them in pots, using good potting soil, or in the ground in a sunny location. In Southborough, 4.1% of the citizens are veterans of the United States armed forces. , I tell you Kevin, you are always right on target! I use a clear bag so I can see the progress. We recommend chilling the bulbs in a refrigerator and then planting them into the garden to bloom. The median age of Southborough is 43 years old. Tricky to grow indoors, since it demands water every time you turn around! Beautiful layout and clear instructions with gorgeous photos! I had no idea! I’m glad I found your wonderful blog. So, your lesson on doing it right makes a big difference. Your idea of rooting what you “pinch” off is even better in that you will end up with more flowers. I like the fact that it has fertilizer it it and is supposed to keep them fertilized for up to 6 months. Whether it's a tried-and-true 1940s BH&G cookie recipe or a unique twist on sugar cookies, our Test Kitchen's compiled a lot of favorite cookie recipes over the years. (Geranium, Coleus, Passiflora, Sweet Potato Vine, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Verbena, Hypoestes, Roses, Pittosporum, Persian Shield, Angel Wing Begonia). Now, what to do with all the stems we cut ? In December, 2011, lavender-pink ‘Americana’ made a handsome sight in my Music Room window. Gosh, they are already putting Christmas stuff out in the Home Depot. And I will now revive some very prolific (but somewhat tired) geraniums, as per your simple, friendly, instructions. I had cut back the plant but not as drastic as you suggest and I did not trim the roots back at all. Hi, Mr. Kevin! (I’m not a winter loving person. I do have a few of them but they are small, like maybe a 1 c. size. Right around March 25th is a good time. Aloe Vera is easy to raise, requires relatively little care and provides pretty foliage year round. If your potting mix already contains plant food, you needn’t add osmocote or anything else until the geraniums are of flowering size. COPYRIGHT © 2009 - 2019 | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | KEVIN LEE JACOBS. Tried your super-easy, mega-delicious Blueberry Peach Cobbler last week with great success (thanks). PEST ALERT: Japanese Beetle | What You Need to Know, *ONLINE* Na’ʔk’ʷulamən (what we do): Wild Tea Blends, Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine Garden Society. Or, maybe the window area is too cold during winter-time. Remove the lower 2 inches of leaves from each stem. And watered it till.the water ran out the bottom.the color of this germanium is a,peach orange a beautiful color. I had some beautiful dark pink geraniums that ended up on the compost pile this year. I am looking at them to cut them back, and the lowest leaves are still quite high up. One of the oldest and most common varieties, Asparagus Mary Washington (Asparagus officinalis) is fast growing and extremely hardy. Thanks so much, No sunshine here…. Continued Love Peace and Joy to You! This is the first year I haven’t killed mine. I have three huge geraniums, nurtured through 3-4 winters, that need to be tamed and revitalized. Gardening is a funny thing, isn’t it? Hi Venkat — I can’t say for sure, but your winter temperatures are probably not cold enough for these alliums. Can you add me to your list? Thanks! It was on sale for $1.00 each. I’m very excited about this post, but then most of your posts excite me. Looking forward to giving it a try. I have trimmed the roots, like you said. I have recently discovered geraniaceae.com and have read glowing reviews of them. Amazing! I will use your method to keep my beauties alive and healthy; do you think they would do well in my greenhouse instead of inside the house? Something to look forward to each weekend. Married to a great "old" guy, he is a year older then me! In 2002 my Mom visited us in Colorado and brought me a pink geranium from Ohio. I haven’t seen any new growth yet though. Hope so! Sounds like good advice for geraniums. We haven’t had a hard freeze yet, and it doesn’t look like we will for at least a full week. Susan. Plastic bag humidity domes are not used outside, just indoors under the grow lights. I carefully shake the old soil off the roots, and plant them in a 1 gallon pot or larger if necessary. These aren’t your grandmother’s old-fashioned flowers. Thank you, thank you! The MGABC assumes no responsibility for its accuracy, or that it will remain current at all times. But you can still stick cuttings now, do more then. I also add 1/4 tsp. I want fresh, young geraniums that are eager to grow, and which are small enough to serve decorative duty in the window garden. I just thought I’d share a few sources of scented pelargoniums (geraniums) I’ve ordered from scentedgeraniumsofne.com in the past with good success. You get WAY more lumens of light for much less electricity. You’ve given me a few new tips. They can handle up to two degrees of frost but ideally should be maintained between 2 degrees and 15 degrees C. I have taken cuttings from the larger plants as well. I’ve purchased lots of different varieties of “smellargonium” online from “Hobbs Farm & Greenery” in Maine via http://www.hobbsfarm.com/. My geraniums are leggy, because I didn’t know I was supposed to cut them back for the past 2 years. Just like that. I’d love to save it through the winter. You can also steep the leaves in full-fat milk, and then use the milk to make scented icing for cakes and cupcakes. Despite keeping them moist and misting them daily, every single cutting dried up and died on me. They seemed to have already gone into a dormant state but recently started putting out new growth. Currently, the population of Wrentham consists of 11,597 people. Pelargonium / ˌ p ɛ l ɑːr ˈ ɡ oʊ n i ə m / is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 280 species of perennials, succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as geraniums, pelargoniums, or storksbills. Once the plants are growing, I encourage bloom with a high-phosphorous, low-nitrogen plant food. I am now fearless in scooping the geranium out of its pot, scraping 2/3 of the old soil and piling it next to my roses, ready to use to cover them after the first hard freeze. I have it in front of a window and I water it when it needs it. This is what your plant should look like after removing nearly all of the top growth. Grab a glass of milk because we're about to dunk peanut butter cookies, oatmeal-raisin cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and many more of our all-time favorite cookie recipes. Yes, cutting the old roots off is important. Well, each of these can become a new plant. I’m repotting them in Miracle-Gro moisture-control potting soil, as I sometimes don’t get around to watering them until 2 weeks have passed. Since there are no lower leaves, how far back should I cut the plants and root balls?? Such a simple plant and yet they are so generous with their beauty. I place them next to the mother geranium and wait. Today, I am going to do it. You are awesome, In your case, I suspect both desert-dry air and over-watering. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The goal is to be able to center the plant in its old pot, but with a one-half or one-inch gap between the existing soil and the walls of the original pot. I have found though that housebound geraniums do not do well being put back outside as they get acclimated to sun exposure and regulated temps. Lastly, what a beautiful photo of the moth! Yours are so beautiful. The plant will pop right out of its pot, and into your waiting hand. I think one of them has bloomed in last 2 years. I take 3-4″ cuttings (sometimes more on leggy ones), stick them in their assigned glass to harden over for a day or two and then fill them with ordinary tap water. During the spring and summer months, Aloe can grow outside in most areas. Hi Kevin so happy to see that you answered my question. I have used the winter prep you describe on geraniums for years.