Winter care for geraniums: how to keep pelargonium until spring
Jan 13, 2021
Pelargonium (geranium) makes us happy all summer. But not every grower succeeds in keeping them at home until next year. How to properly care for geraniums in winter, so that by spring it comes out beautiful, healthy and blooms beautifully next year?
Pelargonium care in winter at home
Many growers advise pruning pelargonium in the fall (November) so that the plant does not lose strength in the winter months. Shoot removal should not be too short, or the plant may not survive.
Pruning is best done at a height of 5-7 cm from the ground, at an angle of 45 degrees, with hot scissors, which must first be boiled in water for 5 minutes. This gives a quick tightening of the orifices at the cut, so infection is unlikely to get to the wounds.
If pelargonium is not cut for the winter
Geranium can not be cut for the winter, but done closer to spring (draw for reproduction). In this case, it is necessary to provide care for the flower culture.
If there are yellowed and dried leaves, then you need to remove them by cutting them off with scissors. It is advisable to dry the slices with brilliant green.
If the stems begin to dry out, then, perhaps, a disease has appeared like a black leg. All infected parts should be cut to a healthy tissue, all sections should be covered with greenery.
Pelargonium winters well in a basement or veranda, where the temperature remains up to + 10- + 15 degrees. From the end of February, the plant must be brought into a warm room and actively watered, fertilized so that it begins to grow. At the same time, the geraniums need to be cut and (if necessary) cut into cuttings for propagation. The survival rate during this period is high.
If you live in an apartment, then pelargonium must be placed on the lightest windowsill, where the temperature will not be higher than +15 in winter. It can also be fed and watered so that it grows and blooms. From fertilizers, it is better to choose ash or potassium monophosphate, magnesium sulfate. In winter, backlighting is required so that the geranium does not stretch.