Is it the end for pelargonium?

Currently overwintering on a cool window sill, one of my pelargoniums looks "different". It has been "mother" to several cuttings over 3 years but there are no green stems now, only woody ones. The leaves keep on coming but are tiny. I pinch these off but no sign ofany new green stems.  Is it time to throw it away?


  • How about letting the little leaves grow bigger and then using a leaf as a cutting. I have successfully got a new plant from just one leaf in the past.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,406
    Sounds like the end for that one, I don't use mother plants for long, cut from your new cuttings for next years plants.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Thank you Lyn and Cottage Garden Fairy. Will do both suggestions and bin the old plant.

  • And me too Verdun!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Verdun if you take cuttings they will be just as virus-lanen or virus-free as the 'mother'.

    Perhaps if Susan's pelargonium was fed it would look better. Cuttings will grow bushier, perhaps because they are grown in new soil.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,759

    It's hungry image Take it out of the pot, shake off as much soil as possible and repot it in fresh compost - I find pelargonioums like John Innes No 2 but any good general purpose compost will do.  It will soon become reinvigorated - I know of pelargoniums that have gone on for years and years - they do need feeding though!image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Wait for the warmer weather as well as cutting the stem back, if you have not done that already. Even though I have heat in my potting shed, many of my pelargoniums are bare, due to the intense "damp and continuing".  Feed it/them and maybe spray the stem/s weekly and I am sure it/they will grow leaves. Some of my plants are decades old and still flower and give good cuttings.

    Good Luck!

  • All responses are impressive,many thanks to all. Will spend some more time on "mother" and see how things go!

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