Geraniums are often selected to grow in hanging baskets, due to their short stature and dense foliage. Or they may be used to complement taller plants, such as roses. To keep geraniums alive over the winter, many gardeners remove them from their pots and store them in a cool area. According to North Dakota State University, they should then be repotted in February. You may also need to replant your geraniums due to a growing root system. In this case, select a larger pot to give the roots more room.
Things You’ll Need
- Use a pot at least 12 inches in diameter, according to North Carolina State University. The pot should have drainage holes and should rest on a saucer that is covered by a layer of gravel. This prevents the pot from sitting in a pool of water.
- Fill the pot about halfway with soil. North Carolina State University recommends avoiding heavy clay soils. Instead, mix equal parts of perlite, peat moss and garden soil. Add fertilizer to the soil. Use a commercial potting soil, and follow the directions on the product. Following the initial replanting, fertilize geraniums every four to six weeks.
- Place the geranium in the pot and cover the root system with the remaining soil. Water well. Following replanting, North Carolina State University recommends watering your geraniums about once per week. Do not water from overhead, as your plant may become more susceptible to diseases.
- Place the pot in a sunny area. According to North Carolina State University, geraniums thrive when they have at least six to eight hours of sunlight. You can place the pot outdoors if there is no threat of frost.
Tips & Warnings
If the leaves appear wilted, yellowish or they are dropping off, your geranium needs more water.