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Chris9Chris9 Posts: 92


I have bought some Geraniums and have lost the label telling is it is hardy or not is there a way I would know buy the look of itimage.  I have bought a trailing one also which is a great colour and going to take cutting but every little bit of growth seems to have a flower bud can i use the leaf of a geranium to use a cuttings.  

thanks regards Chris



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Confusion reigns

    If it is a bedding geranium then it is not hardy-these are strictly called pelargoniums

    If it is a herbaceous geranium -that is hardy

    Now the question is which is yours?-I am guessing a trailing pelargonium?


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Non-hardy bedding geraniums have a soft round leaf with a very distinct strong smell. Non-hardy trailing geraniums have a very stiff leaf which resembles an ivy leaf.

    As for taking cuttings - no, you can't take leaf cuttings. But there's nothing to stop you taking a normal cutting and simply pinching the flowers off, and any more that it tries to produce, until it is well-rooted.

  • Chris9Chris9 Posts: 92

    Thanks for the quick response and great info.

    I wasn't sure how to take cutting with buds on, thanks for the advice I will take cutting and do Alina as you suggested and pinch out the flower bud of the trailing geranium which has ivy shaped leaves.

    The bedding geraniums I have, does the same apply regarding the the shape of the leaves, my bedding gerainium have a dark green tough Ivy shaped leaf so I think they must be hardy. 

    Thanks again for the info.


  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Your description of a bedding geranium with an ivy shaped leaf does not sound hardy. If you uploaded a photo we could be sure.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802


    You have pelargoniums -commonly called geraniums-these are not hardy-they look like this

    or this


    This is a hardy geranium

    A completely different plant

    I hope that makes it clear??


    Geoff - aren't you clever?  I have two of those hardy geraniums and never realised they were geraniums.  So what I buy as geraniums aren't - well you learn something every day!  Thanks for the info.

  • Chris9Chris9 Posts: 92







    Thanks again for the response and information, it looks as if these are not hardy.  I have taken cuttings but the cuttings seem to be dying, going yellow.  They start off well but have lost a couple, not sure what I have done.  I did as instructed from the video on the website and planted about 3 in a pot of compost.  

    Sotongeoff and Chris2 the links are very informative I now know the difference, thanks again.  regards Chris 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,826

    Just take them out of the tubs and pot them up before the first frosts of the autumn and keep them indoors on light windowsills - they'll probably flower all winter and look lovely, then when the last frost is over you can plant them out in your tubs again - that'll give you the chance to take lots more cuttings too image

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

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Hi Chris , I also overwinter pelargoniums and have been doing so for a few years. What I usually do is to pot them up as Dove says and then reduce them by half. After September keep the watering to a bare minimum and this is the time I usually take my cuttings - you'll have a lot of cutting material when you cut them back. Come Spring increase the watering and I usually give them a drenching with Epsom salts. ( Really good for leaf colouration) .  Pinch them out as this will make them nice and bushy and I sometimes remove most of the larger leaves. This allows light to get to the smaller new leaves but don't do it any later than the end of April. This method is not for the faint-hearted but it does produce a good healthy plants ! image

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