In the Garden: Keeping geraniums over winter

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) With the cold weather this week, you've probably been dragging your flower pots in and out of the house if you aren't yet ready to let them go. But if you would like to keep your geraniums over the winter, Charlie Nardozzi has the answer.

Sharon Meyer: Charlie, these are my geraniums, and I'm very proud of them.

Charlie Nardozzi: And you did a great job. Nice white geraniums, and they're not flowering so much anymore.

Sharon Meyer: It's getting late in the season and I'm starting to get some yellow leaves.

Charlie Nardozzi: And if you leave them outside, they're going to die. So, we've got to do something about it. You can take this whole container and put them in a sunny window right through the winter. They may get a little leggy, and you might have to cut them back, but they will survive especially if they get a lot of light.

Sharon Meyer: Are they going to bloom?

Charlie Nardozzi: Maybe more towards March and April, but not in the dead of winter. But there are some other things you can do if you don't have the room for that. One is to store them in your basement. What you'll do is pull out a geranium and knock all of the soil off. You can do this with your hand, or you can take a hose and knock it off. The idea is to expose a lot of those roots. You want to cut it back so there is just a skeleton of a plant left. Once it's all cut, now you want to put it in a plastic bag with some slightly moistened peat moss. Then just seal up that bag and put it in a cool, dark basement for the winter. You don't have to water it, you don't have to do anything to it. You can check it once in awhile to make sure it's not rotting. Come March, April it will start leafing out and you can bring it back upstairs and you can repot it and you've got another house plant. And these little cuttings that we have here, you can use these too. You want to take any flower buds off -- I know it kills you. And then you want to dip it in a rooting hormone powder and then just stick it into a pot filled with some potting soil. You can do three or four of these so you can have them there. Then in a couple of weeks these will root and you will have these baby plants that you can over-winter easier indoors easier than the big mother plant.