How to Overwinter an Ivy Geranium

Overview

Ivy geraniums are happy-go-lucky plants, perfect for hanging containers. As long as they have plenty of bright sunlight and adequate water, the bright blooms will trail gracefully over the side of the pot, providing color all summer long and into fall. If you want to overwinter ivy geraniums, bring them in before the weather gets cold, because unfortunately, as sturdy as ivy geraniums are, the first hard freeze will turn them into compost.

Step 1

Bring ivy geraniums indoors for the winter before the first hard frost of the season. Cut the stems of the ivy geranium back to about 5 inches.

Step 2

Put the ivy geranium in a cool, dimly-lit place such as an unheated garage or basement. Be sure the room doesn't get cold enough to freeze.

Step 3

Water the ivy geranium sparingly about once every month during the winter. The soil should be just barely damp. If the soil is too wet, the ivy geranium will rot.

Step 4

Move the ivy geranium to a cool, well-lit room in late winter or early spring. At this time, gradually increase the amount of water you give the ivy geraniums in preparation for moving the plant outdoors.

Step 5

Move the ivy geranium outdoors when you're sure all danger of frost has passed. Give the plant a feeding of all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer, according to the directions on the package. If the ivy geranium needs to be repotted, this is the best time to do it. Use a container with a drainage hole and fill it with a commercial potting mixture.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose water soluble fertilizer
  • Planting container with drainage hole
  • Commercial potting mixture

References

  • ExtensionInfoNet.Org: Geraniums, Saving Over the Winter
  • Washington State University: How to Keep Annual Geraniums All Year Round
  • I Can Garden: Overwinter Ivy Geraniums
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.