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Hardy geraniums - pruning

B3B3 Posts: 21,537

Which type sometimes flowers again after pruning?

Is it the ones    with the scented leaves and the rooty things running along the soil surface or the other kind?

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  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,010

    Geranium phaeum and some of the other early geraniums are the best repeat flowerers. 

    I'm not sure which varieties you're trying to describe B3 - the 'rooty' ones? - maybe macrorrhizum or cantabrigiense? I don't get repeat flowering with those.

    If you're not sure what you've got I'd cut any soft stem ones back after flowering - at the least you'll get some nice fresh growth. The others often look better for just a little tidy up after flowering.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,452

    The scented leaf kinds are pelargoniums. They flower again because you deadhead them, although you wouldn't describe them as repeat flowering. It isn't  the same thing.

    Hardy geraniums don't really have scented foliage as such, but cutting back the early flowering types, as T'bird says, will result in fresh growth and often another flush of flowers. Don't know what you mean by rooty things either, although some varieties spread by sending out more stems at ground level which then produce foliage and flowering stems. image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630

    Geranium macrorhizum foliage is scented FG and, in a mild winter, turns red and stays until spring when it can be tidied up in time for flowering and fresh green foliage..

    I cut all my geraniums back, regardless of type, once they finish their first big flush of flowers.  I just cut them all back to an inch or two, scatter on some general purpose fertlitiser such as pelleted chicken manure and water them.  In 3 weeks time they'll have grown back fresh, healthy leaves that look good with our without new flowers.

    My scented leaf pelargonium has only flowered once and that was years ago.  Now I keep it pruned and tidy so it has fresh leaves for my ice cream infused with its foliage.  The flowers are really insignificant anyway.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,452

    Ah - I don't grow any of those Obelixx, but I assumed B3 was meaning pelargoniums.

    I have such a poor sense of smell I probably wouldn't be able to smell the foliage anyway  image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630

    Thought as much.  They're very good in dry shade and I don't suppose you have much dry anything most of the year.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,452

    Not even under the conifers Obelixx!

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,537

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    This is the one I was talking about.

    Obelixx has identified it.

    I usually just tidy it up a bit.

    It must be the other kind that people mean when they say that they chop them back and get another flush.

    Thanks for your help Fg & O & Tbimage

    Last edited: 11 June 2017 12:46:39

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,452

    Apologies B3 - I should have seen that you said hardy geraniums in your title too.

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,537

    Join the club - if I can remember where it isimage

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,452

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