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Cutting back Pelargoniums

ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

When should I cut them back? They are looking a little bit scraggy from being outside this winter but I heard they can be rejuvenated by being cut back but I dont know when :P


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    You can cut them back now Matt and bring them inside. They will start back into growth slowly, a feed and some warmth and light will encourage this, and you can take cuttings from the new growth when they reach about 4 inches in height.

    I'd repot them after cutting back in some fresh compost and give them a weak feed to help them along.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Thats great Thanks image

  • My daughter in law, living on the Suffolk coast, has pelargoniums in flower  this weekend in tubs in her front garden!

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • mine are like young children who won't go to sleep! They are in a cool environment, minimum watering and still they want to flower!

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I cut them back hard and re-potted them then placed them by the back door (this is the best I have until the greenhouse goes up in a few weeks)

    They are growing away strongly now so thanks for the advice image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Its funny, when I started gardening I never liked Pelargoniums. I hated the smell, but somehow I have come to like it, and they flower FOREVER.

    Now I've realised how easy they are to keep year on year I'm hooked.

    Only disadvantage is they are useless for insects but hey-ho, I've plenty of other plants for that!

  • everoseveros Posts: 55

    I transplanted mine into the cold greenhouse at the end of the year & they've been fine, I did the same last year & after replanting they made a much earlier show than buying small plants.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Everos, I agree; I try to keep as many as I have space for during the winter; cheaper and the plants have a flying start.image

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