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Pelargoniums

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by clanless, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. clanless

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    Fancied having a go at growing Pelargoniums this year for the first time - so picked up some plugs from B&Q.

    I know that they can survive in a green house/potting shed over Winter - but this means that I will have to plant them in pots - so that they are mobile.

    I'd really like to plant them into the front garden - and leave them in the ground over Winter - the questions is would a bell cloche provide enough protection for them to survive over Winter?

    Ta :smile:
     
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      I have well over 50 at the moment ( can't resist taking cutttings :heehee:) ,they all get planted out into the borders and display pots. I do dig them all up and overwinter them in a 'cold frame' that hubby made me. I don't mind doing this as I think they are worth it. I just keep a load of pots ready to pot them in during early Autumn.:dbgrtmb:
       
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        @clanless I doubt whether they'd last the winter in the ground with a bell cloche over them, it would not be enough protection against sub-zero temperatures.
        Also the cloche would keep in a lot of moisture and they'd go mouldy and rot.
        It's best to keep them somewhere cool but frost free, with plenty of ventilation, and also keep them dry. I don't water mine from November until end of February.
        I have lots that I overwinter in a perspex lean-to and I take more cuttings from them every spring. Like @Upsydaisy I can't resist taking cutting of them (and everything else lol)
         
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          I'm an addicted snipper Michael, how can anyone resist.:dunno:
          They are very prone to mould and rot if kept in a damp atmosphere.:dbgrtmb:
           
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            Thanks for the replies everyone :dbgrtmb:.

            I planted them up this morning in some terracotta pots - so that I can bring them indoors over Winter.

            For some reason I tend to think that Pelargoniums are best grown in terracotta pots - perhaps it was because I saw a nice display of them at the Eden Project in these pots.
             
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