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How do you stop Pelargoniums from shooting and becoming too tall, can you do similar to Fuchsia's by pinching out the middle?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Yes and you can also cut of sections about 4 inches long which can be easily rooted to make more plants. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • pttomlinspttomlins Posts: 22

    Many thanks. Also if the plant that you take cuttings from which has a habit of lankiness will that habit transfer to the cuttings?

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    pttomlins says:

    Many thanks. Also if the plant that you take cuttings from which has a habit of lankiness will that habit transfer to the cuttings?

    See original post

     Good point there cos I have one plant like that, lanky and in flower inside my front window. I do not want to propagate from this one as this is a possibily. I made cuttings from Carnations that were not the best, resulting in lanky Carnations..

  • pttomlinspttomlins Posts: 22

    Thank you for the response

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    The reason they grow lanky is either lack of light or they are kept somewhere too warm.  It doesn't usually happen to plants grown outside (but they aren't hardy so die in the winter.)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • pttomlinspttomlins Posts: 22

    Catch 22. My cuttings are grown in the warm conservatory so that maybe the reason for lanky plants.

    So are they best grown from seed?

    Pat T

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Most of the ones available from garden centres etc are grown from cuttings I think.  They can be grown from seed but those can be a bit expensive (eg 50p per seed is not unusual for a named F1 variety.)  I generally buy them as plugs for bedding and pot up a few plugs indoors as houseplants.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • pttomlinspttomlins Posts: 22

    Thank you BobTheGardener

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