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05/10/2013 at 00:33

I have been given a lot of plants in pots by a friend who is moving abroad; they are what I always think of as 'normal' geraniums - red or white heads in pom pom format rather than cranesbills;  and of course I don't know if these are called pelargonia really.

Also several begonia - not the bedding sort, but the ones with really bright flowers that look almost artificial.  If I move them into my sun room (so called, not exactly a hot house at this time of year) and/or greenhouse can I leave them in their pots as full plants, or should I cut them right back?  Or is the reason that people take cuttings of them every year because they don't overwinter at all?

Fuchsia also - I have some hardy ones that live in the garden all the time, but I don't know what these potted ones are, and have no idea how to treat them as it gets colder.

05/10/2013 at 06:59

Sara I will be watching this thread with intrest as it's a question I would love the answer to. I have a lot of pink geraniums as beding plants in my garden and would like to repot and take into a unheated greenhouse to over winter.

I'm not worried about my Fuchsia as I think I bought the wrong one's this year.

all my fuchsia did well in flowering but didn't grow in hight (they remained about 4" tall( but hay they where only £1.25 for 12)


05/10/2013 at 08:47

Yes I await response in anticipation too. 


05/10/2013 at 09:24

Not sure I can answer about all plants here but pelargoniums just need to be kept frost free over winter and quite dry. If you don't have many, you can put them  on a window sill, or a greenhouse if you've got a lot. Most people take cuttings and overwinter them in the same way, as they often do better than just keeping the original plant, and you get lots more plants for free. Even my mum used to manage it and she could kill plastic plants!

I don't grow fuchsias or begonias but I assume it could be similar for them, although I always thought begonias were annual. Some fuchsias ar hardy but I assume you have the half hardy ones James. Someone else will know the answer for those!

05/10/2013 at 10:45

thanks Fairy

question the Perargoniums (red) in my town are all been dug up and I was just thinking about going out and taking some cuttings from them before they go to the compost bins is this steeling and would I get into trouble. or do you think I should just go for it I pass at least 6 big flower beds on my school run also with a display for about a mile of fence pot thing's with red Perargoniums, the fench pots have gone and one or two beds have gone so I was going to go tomorrow before they all go what do you think.

its been bugging me for about two months now and I just can't get it out of my head


05/10/2013 at 10:53

Not sure I'd risk it James. How about contacting the council and asking if you can have some when they're lifting them? 

05/10/2013 at 11:21

I think I will like I said “been thinking about it for ages" so there must be a honourable barrier there I don’t even like getting anything for nothing when it’s given to me I would rather give than receive any time of the day but it’s been bugging me I will ask I even thought about adding surveillance to the flower beds LOL


05/10/2013 at 12:00

Gosh, I thought everybody would turn their noses up, tut and say isn't it obvious??  Glad to see I've tapped a vein of confusion here - I am not alone!  I am rubbish at taking cuttings so far (except fuchsia actually) but have never tried geraniums and have absolutely no idea about begonias. I think I'll bung the lot in the sun room and fall over them all winter to find out what happens!

Clueless I would jump on the next council gardener I see and ask him for some, although I would probably have pinched a cutting on my way past anyway.  Lots of council bedding plants go straight to compost and your rates do go towards the upkeep of public areas!  I suppose if everybody did it there wouldn't be any left in the beds but if they're in process of digging them up anyway ....

05/10/2013 at 13:51

Seems to me you can't do any harm by bringing the pots in! 

If your begonias are ones like mine, that grow from great big tubers underground rather than a system of small roots, then you might find they die right back.  So if your begonias die right back then lift them up and see if there are tubers in there (size of a golf ball or bigger).  If so, you can take off any remaining top growth (it should fall off easily) and pack them away in the dark;  in dry compost or vermiculite maybe; then in spring re-pot them and let them grow away again, hopefully better every year.  I've got some absolutely fantastic begonias in my flower beds that I've lifted each year for the last three years, and in summer they now become ENORMOUS plants with monster flowers - really great.

05/10/2013 at 14:06

thank you

05/10/2013 at 17:16

Thank you Rosie - I had a feeling they came from tubers - they are the big ornamental ones, not the little bedding ones.  I shall follow your advice and in the unlikely event that they don't die back I'll leave them to it .....

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