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Cutting back Geranium


I’ve just cut back two hardy Geraniums (the first time I’ve done this) which had pretty much stopped flowering and were looking a bit tatty. They were around 80cm tall and about the same wide.

I read they can be cut right back to the ground and having done that, I’m left with these. It seemed drastic to cut it down so much so I’m a bit concerned I’ve taken too much off. They are now just a few inches tall and wide.

Have I done the right thing and will they come back as good as before? I’ve watered well and given some feed after cutting.



  • LynLyn Posts: 23,052
    Perfect, they’ll be up again in no time, it may not be one that blooms twice but the green will look nice and refreshed. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Phew, thanks! I collected a few of the seeds in case it died - are they easy to grow from seed as I may scatter a few around the garden.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    They tend to germinate in the pea shingle of the paths here, but rarely in the borders.  Some types need the cold of winter to trigger germination, so I sow them on the surface of the compost in pots, cover with about a cm grit and leave the pot outside somewhere sheltered.  Nearly always works. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Great, many thanks, I'll give that a try!
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