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Geranium Macrorrhizum

Afternoon All!
I planted a whole bunch of these geranium macrorrhizums (‘Whiteness’) last spring. Unlike the rest of my geraniums, this plant has thick finger-like stems above ground and as it's died back for winter the stems are still sticking up (or sometimes spread out) above ground. It all looks a bit messy (and slightly creepy image ).

Am I supposed to cut all these stems completely flush with the ground - do new stems with leaves on emerge from below ground in spring?  Or should they be left alone above ground?

Any advice much appreciated!

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,063

    Hello Humble Bee

    Yes , you can cut off all stems to ground ; use a strimmer if you've a large area to clear . I can guarantee G.macrorhizum will readily regenerate , (sometimes too readily)!!image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,712

    My geranium macrorrhizums keep leaves all through the winter, they never look like that. I never prune them, just dig some of it up when they are taking over too much space. But it should be fine to cut them down as they are very vigorous - unless they are dead! Unlikely.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thanks Paul B3, glad to hear they're not too delicate on that front! And Busy-Lizzie I did wonder if I'd managed to kill them completely as I know they are supposed to be semi-evergreen but there's not a leaf to be seen anywhere on them! I am hoping it's just because it's their first year in the ground and not something I've done (or not done!) image  They are in a shady border and have had regular water all year except for one 3-week stretch during the summer when I was away (unfortunately coincided with a heatwave... oops!) 

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