For some reason, we really love to save our geranium plants from year to year. Even though there is very little chance they won't be available pretty inexpensively next spring, a lot of gardeners haul them in and over-winter them. It's actually easy to do and requires very little effort on the part of the gardener. You basically have 4 choices for what to do with your geraniums when frost hits: let them die off as annuals, bring them indoors as houseplants, take cuttings and make more plants or store them dormant until next spring.
I'm a fan of bringing them in, pot and all, and throwing a paper bag over them until spring. OK, there's a little more involved than that - but not much - and it seems a shame to just let them die. However after a few years the stems can get very woody and the plants start to bloom less and less, so none of my plants have been with me for decades. Still, I know I'll be dragging a few in this fall. If you'd like to give it a try yourself, here are four ways to store your geraniums for the winter months ahead.
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