How to Keep Geraniums Over the Winter in Virginia


Virginians know that they live in one of the most diverse climates in the United States. Although most of the state is classified as subtropical, that may only seem evident in the summer. Typical winter temperatures and weather depend entirely upon where in Virginia you live. Although geraniums are warm weather perennials, they can tolerate a bit of frost. Before a hard freeze, however, you will need to take action to protect the geraniums.

Step 1

Cut the geranium to half its size.

Step 2

Dig up the geranium by carefully inserting a gardening trowel under the rootball and prying it up.

Step 3

Plant the geranium in a pot filled with standard potting soil. Water after planting, allow the pot to drain completely and then place it in a cool (65 degrees F is ideal) indoor area that receives bright sunshine.

Step 4

Water the geranium only when the soil dries.

Step 5

Pinch the tips off of new shoots.

Step 6

Fertilize the geranium with an all-purpose fertilizer, at half the strength recommended on the label, prior to planting it outside in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gardening trowel
  • Planting pot, 6 to 8 inches
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer


  • National Garden Bureau: Geranium Fact Sheet
  • Iowa State University: Overwintering Geraniums
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Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, providing writing services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.