Surviving Geraniums

I have 3 containers of Geraniums (Pelargoniums) from last year (and the year before!) which have survived the Winter.

They look a bit rough but still have some flowers on two of them. The leaves in one pot is riddled with holes from caterpillars. The plants flowered well last Summer - having survived from the year before. What is the best way of reviving them and also killing the pests without damaging the plants?  Should I cut them back?

I also have some Fuschias in a similar condition (two are in my raised bed and two in pots - no caterpillars on these. I think some are hardy - the ones in pots aren't.)

Thanks for any suggestions.



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,749

    I'd take some cuttings from the pelargoniums and start afresh. This is a good time to do that as they should grow away quite readily. I'd remove any caterpillars from the plants so that they can't just move to another plant and eat that.

    Don't have much experience of Fuchsias as they're not something I like - sorry!

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,402

    I grow lots of fuchsias and have cut my outside ones down today to about 4 inches from ground.

    The indoor ones should have started shooting, I take them out of the pots, knock off the old soil and check for vine weevil, then repot in new compost and cut back to about 2 inches from soil, they will shoot out and make a nice thick bushy plant.



    When they have grown 3 sets of leaves, pick out the middle of each shoot, then repeat when those shoots have grown 3 sets of leaves. Only pot them on when they have filled the pots, they like to be quite tight and never use black pots as fuchsias like cool roots and black pots get hot.


    Give them a feed of tomorite or similar to promote more flower growth.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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