Stellar Geranium

helga1April 22, 2005

I ordered a Stellar Geranium from a nursery. When it came it was a very small plant, never the less, the plant stayed alive through the summer. In the fall I brought it into the greenhouse where it lost one leaf after the other. Is this a difficult variety to grow? There is only one stalk with one leaf on it left. I don't want it to die. What can I do to keep it alive? I water sparingly. The plant has been in the sun - but not too hot.

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melrt968(u.k. scotland)

There are several different cultivars of Stellar Pelargoniums generally they are easy to grow and maintain. I would try and keep your plant in good light but not direct sunlight, moist, but not wet, in a dry atmosphere.
If you can borrow Faye Brawner's book "Geraniums The Complete Encyclopedia" you will find a great deal of information about stellar and othe types of pelargonims. If you look at the post by misterg on this forum entitled Geranium ID you will see a photograph of on of the most populars stellars Vancouver Centennial.
Good Luck
Ron

    Bookmark   April 23, 2005 at 12:25PM
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helga1

Thank you Ron. To my delight, I noticed life today. Will keep it dryer. The plant is in my greenhouse now, which is covered with a 50% shade cloth, so it should be ok. Maybe it just needed warmer temps.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2005 at 7:22PM
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helga1

I just noticed your post and advice to keep the geranium in a dry place, Ron. Perhaps the humidity in my greenhouse was too high. I will take the plant out pronto!
Night time temps are still in mid 40s. Is that too cold for the little Stellar? I could have it under the eaves there.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2005 at 7:33PM
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melrt968(u.k. scotland)

Night time temps of mid forties Fahrenheit might not kill your plant but it is unlikely to thrive. Can you find a well lit window-sill in the house where the night temperature remains a bit higher?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2005 at 4:17AM
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helga1

Thank you melrt968. I will bring the Stellar into the house.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2005 at 12:05PM
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