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JudyNJudyN Posts: 119
I have a few Totally Tangerine geums in a sunny, dry sandy bed. Despite being recommended for moist conditions, they thrive and look beautiful in May, but come June they sprawl and are more horizontal than vertical. Is this something to do with the dry conditions? I deadhead them regularly but wonder if I should cut them right back, despite the stalks having unopened flowers, in the hope of getting a new flush of upright stems.

I'm not sure they'd look right with a plant support - maybe I should grow them through something else? Thoughts please?


  • B3B3 Posts: 21,410
    edited June 2020
    I'm going off them. They look awful at this time of're right,a plant support doesn't do it. I've tried it.. I think it 's time for me to  to shove them at the back of a border somewhere. They look lovely early spring and then they look a mess.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,714
    Chelsea chop! 
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,547
    Funnily enough,  they don't droop for me !
    I wonder if it's because they're too dry Judy. Geums can collapse quite dramatically but revive with copious amounts of water . I would cut the flowering stems back and give them a good drink  :)
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,410
    I will cut mine back with pleasure😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 795
    I stopped growing them for years because of that very problem, but they were going cheap earlier this year at the local supermarket, so I bought some more...result, just the same. So that's it, no more.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    If a plant likes most conditions you're asking for trouble expecting it to stay looking good in dry soils.   Give it what it needs or grow something better suited to the soil.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JudyNJudyN Posts: 119
    Thanks all :-) They look too nice early in the year to give up on them so I think I'll cut them back and work out what I can plant around them so there border's not too gappy. If they gets a second - vertical - flush of flowers that'll be an added bonus.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    Hope it works.  I love that their flowers are carried loosely and not in tight clusters.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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