I have two huge patches of hardy geranium no idea which? I want to move all of one patch to be bear the other whens best to do it?
Hardy geraniums are virtually indestructible ; if you must move it now , cut all foliage and flowers to ground , move to where you want it and keep moist . You may even see new growth re-appear before autumn .
I dug up, divided and replanted one of mine last weekend and it's producing some new growth again already.
You can chop the whole plant in half with a spade.
Awesome thats mondays job sorted! Thanks all
Hi, I am about to try setting cuttings for a geranium for the first time.
Can I use old plastic flower pots and when I have the cutting where can I keep them in the winter. Do I have to have them indoors as I only have a garden shed. Can I leave them outside for the winter?
Do you mean actual Geraniums which are hardy garden plants or Pelargoniums, often called Geraniums, which are not and are used for summer bedding?
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I think they would be the Pelargoniums but I have only known them as geraniums - they flower in the summer but I have kept them in the shed and they sometimes come back the next year but not always.
I have some lovely ones this year so I was hoping to get them back next year.
I have some pictures that might help
this last one I am not sure of it
The top two are pelargoniums, the bottom one is a Begonia. The top one needs deadheading, then you will get a lot more flowers.
Pelargoniums are usually easy. You need a small pot with some gritty compost, so it is free draining. You need a non-flowering side shoot - finding that might be the hard bit for you! If necessary you can remove a flower bud.
Make a clean cut usiing a sharp knife or scissors between two of the bumps on the stem that the leaves grow from. Take just the tip, about 5cm or so - it depends how spaced out your leaves are - and remove the bottom couple of leaves.
Put the cutting to one side and leave it for an hour or two so that the end dries off. Then just put your cutting into the compost and give just enough water to make the compost slightly damp.
Put it somewhere warm and light, but out of direct sun, and just check from time to time to make sure the compost is still damp, but never wet. Try not to get water on the leaves either.
You should soon see signs of new growth and when you can see roots at the bottom of the pot you will know you have a new little plant.
Begonias are much more tricky - it is possible to grow more from a leaf by cutting across the veins, but that really needs a controlled environment like a propagator to succeed, or you can cut the corm - if you dare. I never have!