1. I over winter several plants each year. My spikes do well as do the geraniums and succulents. I cut the geraniiums back before I bring them in and water about 2x each month while they are inside. They get a lot of sun during the winter. When I bring them back outside in the Spring they seem to do just fine. I have a cat, also, who is very nosy, but I sprinkle a bunch of black pepper around the area where I winter the plants and it keeps them away!! I freshen the pepper every 3 or 4 weeks. So happy to see people wanting to winter-over their plants. No need to discard all of them! I have some that are going into their 6th winter!! I know a lot of people bring their Impatiens in, too. I haven't had luck with them, but many do.

  2. I'll be looking forward to seeing your spring flowers.
    Enjoy the Fall weather.. Winter will be here before we know it.

  3. Great info Brenda..I would love to bring in my lavender colored geraniums I bought this year but they are toxic to cats and I have a kitty that likes to taste my plants..I have to search every plant I want in the house!!

  4. Lots of good information, Brenda! I never quite knew what to do with my rosebushes–in the past I've just heaped them with leaves and hoped for the best. Now I know! Thanks.

  5. Thanks for all this great information. I have a wonderful southwest window and I had some glass shelves made and I hold up the shelves with candle stick and I put my indoor plants on them for winter in my kitchen. I hope to do this again this year.

  6. These are all such good tips. I have some geraniums in plastic pots on my front porch steps right now. They aren't flowering right now. I've never overwintered them before. I wonder if I should try it. Now you've got me thinking!

  7. love this … i bring my geraniums in for the winter but keep them blooming. depending on the location, some become almost bonsai looking but still bloom, some stay fat and leafy and don't bloom and some are somewhat fat and leafy and bloom … they are my favorite "bring in for the winter" buddies … and i'm sharing this really concise lovely list with my niece who will be putting her first big gardening adventures to bed this year. you gathered it all into a lovely little nutshell.

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