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Geranium help-browning in centre or flopping

Hi all

I have perennial geraniums - not sure which exactly - and I think they need a prune as they’re flowering mostly on the edges but I’m reluctant to lose the flowers.  

Pls see pics enclosed, most worried about the pink one as it looks awful in the centre.

Grateful for suggestions on how/whether to tidy them up now or wait a bit and divide them for next year. ?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,203
    I would cut them both right back and then give them each a generous handful of pelleted chicken manure and a good, deep drink.    They'll re-grow fresh foliage in just 2 or 3 weeks and maybe even flower again.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 80,394
    Chop them hard back and feed and water as Obelixx says (and as Monty showed on GW last night).  Pop the flowers in a vase and bring them indoors  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thank you!! 
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 965
    Did that with some of ours this morning, they usually grow fresh foliage.
  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,571
    One that l cut back a week or so ago is showing new growth, so l will be doing a couple more when it cools down a bit later on.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,050
    I always do that at the back end of the year and after the first flush of flowering. It keeps the plants compact and a summer prune can also encourage another flush of flowers. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Good news!
    Hard to do tho’ when it’s flowering so nicely on the edges (even if the flowers are on the floor)  :):)
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    Next year in the spring it would likely benefit from being divided too. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,875
    But you will be pleased if it’s one that flowers again and it’s full of flowers. They don’t all flower again. I’ve got a lovely pink one that just goes on and on after a cut down. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks both! 
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