Project & Plants – Creating a Houseplant Trellis

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My indoor geraniums have grown very tall. The stems are not standing up beneath the extra weight the height adds; time to create some type of a stake or trellis for support.

I gathered up supplies: string and twigs. I also had some pipe cleaners on hand in case I needed something to hold the twigs in place while I tied the string.

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I laid out the basic shape and then began tying the twigs together using a double cross-over knot. I used a haphazard pattern instead of trying to perfectly space each stick.

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A quick trim of the excess twig length on the sides and the trellis was ready to use.

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The trellis cost me nothing; the twigs were gathered, and I had the string on hand. I think the green sticks make a prettier and more natural-appearing support than the cheap plastic varieties I see available in garden centers.

Quick Tip & Plants – Over-wintering Geraniums

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I am overwintering my geraniums in cardboard boxes this year. If you have room in your garage or basement, consider saving your geranium plants too. I lift my plants from the ground with a spading fork and brush away as much soil as possible. After they are stored in boxes, I will check the plants each week to remove dead leaves. It’s also a good idea to inspect the geraniums every few weeks for the development of mold or mildew.

Susan’s in the Garden,”video tutorial demonstrates two techniques for over-wintering your geraniums.

Photograph – Shadowland Selfie

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wall.”

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I love shadows on the walls. This week I wandered into an upstairs room and found my geraniums, backlit, and casting amazing shadows on the wall. Of course I had to enter into the Shadowland.

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Adieu for today my friends!

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Planting – Repotting Over-Wintered Geraniums

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Most of last summer’s geraniums were over-wintered in a box in my basement. I had only a 25% success rate with this method. Happily, the one geranium that succeeded in staying green was my Martha Washington geranium. The others looked more like the photograph below, completely lifeless.

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No matter how far down I cut along the stem, I found little trace of green or possible viability.

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I had better success with the potted geranium. In the Fall, I found it very easy to pick the pot up off its stand and transport it into the house. No matter that the leaves had a inchworm stowaway. He ate only a little bit of greenery.

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The plant has bloomed luxuriantly in a sunny window giving me many moments of joy when I walk into the room it grows in.

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The geranium isn’t about to stop giving me moments of bliss with its bright flowers. This is a photograph of a new bud I took yesterday. The success of the plant has made up my mind where the coming summer is concerned. I will grow all the geraniums in pots, and in the Autumn bring them inside to cheer up the house all winter long. Happy Gardening!

Projects and Plants – Update/Geraniums, Coleus and Tomatoes

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The geranium plants I overwintered in the cold garage are growing amazingly well under lights in my basement. Several of the leaves are full-sized in only three weeks of warmer temperatures and intense light. Hooray!

Original post and how-to found here: Geraniums Reborn

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The coleus seeds I carefully sowed with a wet pencil tip have grown well, and have never experienced damping off disease.

How to sow small seeds without waste: Planting Small Seeds – Coleus

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The tomatoes I sowed in recycled juice containers have also steadily grown in my back window. I thinned them out a week ago, and was able to save a few of the extra tomato seedlings in recycled coffee cans.

Check out the original post here: Hanging Tomato Gardens

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