How to prepare your pelargoniums for winter

If you haven't got round to it yet, now is the time to prepare your pelargoniums for winter. With a bit of care and attention now they'll be happy, healthy plants come spring. Pelargonium experts Fibrex Nurseries give us a masterclass

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As autumn arrives and temperatures drop, you'll need to prepare your pelargoniums for the winter months. Plants will need to be kept frost free, warm and reasonably dry - bringing them indoors is ideal. But what happens if you have lots of plants and very little space? Your best option is to give the plants a good trim. They'll then spend the winter re-growing into bushier plants. National Pelargonium Collection holders Fibrex Nurseries reveal how they go about the task.

Heather of the Fibrex team explains

Here's how to prune, clean and put away your pelargoniums. I started with scented Pelargonium 'Lemon Fancy'. Those of a sensitive nature should look away now....

 

 

 

 

Giving it a fairly hard cut back, but not too hard as we'll be wanting cuttings from it...

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a good clean, taking off most of the leaves, taking flowering tips left off & cutting out any dead stems.

 

 

 

 

 

In no time at all pellies like this will shoot out, stop feeding with tomato feed if you want cuttings as they need to stop flowering.

 

Next a coloured leaf 'Jip's Freda Burgess' this one I was tempted to keep flowering for the winter but changed my mind.

 

 

 

 

Finally a stellar-type pelargonium 'Star Flecks'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This may seem drastic to some, but it ensures good ventilation around the main stems, helping to prevent plants from damping off during the winter. Cleaning off and burning leaves is also excellent pest control. 

Once cleaned, they will all be tucked away under glass and kept at a minimum of 7 degrees C. They can be kept a lot cooler, just keep them on the dry side, watering maybe every other week through the winter months, only if they really need it.

Start feeding again at the end of March and you will have beautiful, big and bushy plants full of flower from April-ish onwards.

 

Fibrex
Honeybourne Road,
Pebworth,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire CV37 8XP
Tel 01789 72078
fibrex.co.uk

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