September 17, 2004
With the rainbow of flower and leaf colors, it is hard to watch beautiful and costly geraniums die from a hard frost. There are several ways to keep those geraniums through the winter for a head start on blooms next spring and a savings to your garden budget.
While gladioli, dahlias, cannas, and tuberous begonias are perennials, they are not winter hardy in Iowa. These tender perennials must be dug up in the fall and stored indoors over winter. The storage requirements for several widely grown tender perennials are provided below.