The hot pink Geraniums in the washtub have been in my
garden for last two Summers.
For two winters they have been over wintered indoors
by different methods.
Last Winter I pulled them up, shook the soil off of the roots,
and tying a piece of twine around the bottoms they were
then hung upside down in the basement from a hook.
I had read an article in "Garden Gate" on over wintering
Geraniums and since I just loved the hot pink ones I wanted
to try and keep them so I thought "what the hey",
I'll try it once and it worked.
They were brought out of the basement in April and potted up
again where they started growing again.
Then the last of May they were put back into my flower containers.
The first year they were growing in my window boxes and last
Summer two of them made it into the old washtub.
This Winter I hung some back down in the basement again and
two others were brought into the house and put into my mini
greenhouse. The mini greenhouse shelves have been so wonderful
for me because I do not have good windows which get enough
sunlight to grow flowering plants. My Grandmother use to keep
them over Winter on her windowsills but she had windows that
caught good sunlight.
I also brought in to over Winter two Ivy Geraniums and
three double blossoming Impatien's plants to experiment with.
Some wonder why would you even want to try to keep Impatien's,
but I have to be frugal and if I can keep them and not
let them go to waste, why not.
They are kept pinched back and are not fertilized to let them
rest some. In the Spring everything will get fertilized to go
back out again. (If they make it)
The two hot pink Geraniums have been blooming off and on
all Winter in the mini greenhouse.
Here are some of the blooms that are now blooming on
one of the plants.