Straggly Geranium Mavis Simpson

I need some advise on how to improve the condition of my geranium plants (I think its a Mavis Simpson). They have gone straggly as they have been trying to get to the light as the escallonia shrub growing behind them had got too bushy.

Should I cut the geraniums back to get them make more growth from the centre?

I have already cut off the dead flowerhead.

There are about four seperate clumps and a couple have some baby shoots.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,048

    I'd cut them right back to base, if it's dry give them a drink and there'll be new leaves very soon.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Nut is right Rosie, it seems really weird but it does work image
  • Thanks for the advice.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    They look lime quit big clumps too rosie, you can literally tear them apart, make sure there is a bit of root on each one, replant and water, they will be in full leaf in 3 weeks, ive just done 3 different types of mine, it really is amazing how many you can make, they also seem better for it image
  • I've increased my one Mavis Simpson to 3 plants. They seemed to take divisions well. They have flowed well this year. I cut them right back when I see more leaves than flower..feed, water and they come back to life again.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,085

    Those 2 you sent me Bekkie, are proper little plants now, come on lovely thank you

    I want to make a front border of geraniums along the edge to spill over onto the grass. If anyone has any spare little plantlets, I would love them, please.

    Will buy or swap.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    How many do you want Lyn? Ive still got quite a lot! image
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,085

    I would be grateful for any you have Bekkie, but I will need to pay you for the postage, you have already sent me tow foc.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Dont be daft Lyn, the only problem is in my infinate wisdom, i didnt get round to labeling which one is blue and which is lilac! Hope that isnt a problem image, the pink divided well too, i only need to keep one for mom and one for me as ive gone off it image

    Its nice to know they are going to a good home image
  • Thanks Nutcutlet, Bekkie and Fluffy Cloud

    I have taken your advice and cut back the geraniums on Friday, broken up the dry compacted soil around them and watered them each evening. They are bucking up already. I also potted up a baby geranium (only had two leaves) that had seeded its self on the lawn and that looking good too.

    If I divide the ones in the flower bed would it be better to plant them up in pots until I decide where to plant them in the garden? 

    At the moment I can't decide whether to put in a raised bed in the garden. I like the idea of plants trailing over the walls


  • LynLyn Posts: 8,085

    They are going to a good home Bekkie, the first 2 you sent are lovely little plants, you would think they had been in for ages.

    Dont worry about not marking them, I dont mind and I can always shuffle around next year.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Ive marked them as best i could Lyn, sorry if ive got it wrong! image

    Rosie, potting them is fine, i just put mine in rows on the veggie patch, sort of like a nursery bed, i get the feeling they are pretty hard to kill, i struggled to get some apart and pulled the top bit away from the root, but even that still grew, i really have been pleased with them image
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