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WateryWatery Posts: 388

The last 2 years I've had geranium Rozanne in stone urns with tulips underneath.  Last year, neither Rozanne did too well-- they seemed to dry out too quickly.   I wonder if there isn't enough room with the tulip bulbs.  I also suspect they would benefit from another division.   I was thinking that if I took them out to divide and plant new tulips, I could put the newly divided Rozannes in a temporary pot (3 litres or bigger) until after the tulips go in May/June and then move them into the stone urns after removing the tulip bulbs.  That way they'd get fresh compost during growing season too (instead of over winter). 

Questions: 1, Would they sulk being transplanted in late May?  Rozannes usually don't get going until June/July? and 2. Can they stay outside in a smaller container or would freezing kill them?  They are "hardy" but that's in the ground.  The urns are about 25-30 cm but thick.  Probably have to move them into something thinner and plastic.  We didn't have much of a freeze last winter. (I'm near Bath).

I was thinking it would disturb them less than if I dug them up to remove the tulips from underneath them. 

Problem is that both the tulips and the Rozannes look nice in the stone urns.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,609

    G. Rozanne is as tough as old boots, you could happily divide it now and then put it back in the troughs. Next year water a bit more, and feed from time to time, they should flower fine.

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  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    I was moving mine about in the summer last year. They are really  tough. As  my other geraniums have stayed in leaf all the winter I was worried when my Rozanne dropped all its leaves and disappeared last winter but it came back.

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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,008

    It's a really big plant so to grow in pots I'd think you'd need to divide it often. I doubt if it's the tulip bulbs that is overcrowding them - just Rozanne herself getting too big for her pots. So I'd divide them and repot with the tulips and expect to have to do that certainly every other year and possibly every year to keep them small enough. On the up side should you lose either of your repotted feature plants, if you pot up your divisions you'll have ample replacements. And then you can sell any extras at local plant fairs and fundraisers image

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  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    image Thanks all! 

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