Question about winterized dry root Taro and Geraiums

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  1. Gemma

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    This is my first time trying to save Taro and Geraniums.
    Last Fall I pulled them, cleaned them and allowed to dry out, then I stored them in boxes
    I checked them yesterday, they are still alive!
    The Taro is still nice and hard, the Geraniums have most brown branches, a few branches on each are green with miniature leaves...it will be at least 6 more weeks before we can set up our Greenhouse do you guys think these plants can wait that long or should I pot them and put them by a window now?

    How do you handle your Taro to re grow it, do you put the bulb in water or plant it in dirt?

    Thank you in advance for any tips you might have :)
     
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    When I wintered taro, I planted it when it was able to live outside. I still have some that come up every year, in the ground, which is pretty surprising !
     
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    lucky you, Tula, it is way to cold here, I can't put Taro in the pond until June and there is no way this root will last that long in the box
     
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    I wrap my taro in newspaper and put it in a cool dark place. Geraniums I clean off and put root side up in a large paper bag.
     
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    I have no idea why the ones in the g round keep coming back, as they shouldn't for my zone. The ones I used to over winter and plant in pots, I placed in vermiculate filled paper bags.
     
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    Did you place them in water at some point before Spring,?
     
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    I always planted mine in dirt, never used them in the pond, as I don't have shelves. They looked great in huge planters by my pond :)
     
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    My goal ( if I can master the ability of saving them), is to have them in the pond and everywhere around the yard
     
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    They are really neat, very tropical looking! I think I'm going to try for banana trees this year too!
     
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    Warning! In the pond they can get very large. The first year I had one I had it in a milk crate. By the end of summer the crate was busted and roots covered it all. Last year I had mine in window boxes on edges of pond, bare root with pond water flowing over roots. I now have 3 broken window boxes. 025.JPG
     
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    I stuck mine in the bog, a friend sent me a few they send out runners and just keep getting bigger and bigger. I am 5'8" they were taller than me. I did save a few, have not even looked at them, we just returned home, I tossed a ton. IMG_0434.JPG IMG_0441.JPG
     
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    Wow, great pics @mrsclem and @addy1 !!! Each summer I'm amazed mine come back....they start slow and then BAM, they're back :)
     
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    If you do, please share your experience:)
     
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    I hope mine get to be as large as yours
     
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    Wow!!!! v
    lol I'm 5'1" , it'd be like being in the jungle for me:p
     
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    How deep in the ground are they?
     
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    I honestly don't know, as they've been there for years! I imagine I planted them at the beginning of the growing season and not too deeply, so the crown was facing up....maybe 2-3 inches at most.
     
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    I may use these if my cardinals don't come back this spring.
     
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