new Pelargonium wilting... repot? Newbie question.

teri2k(z7NM HighDesert)April 29, 2007

I couldn't resist getting a Martha Washington 'geranium' a couple weeks ago, because they were on sale and I finally have a plant shelf to put one on. This pelargonium has beautiful pink variegated blooms with dark centers. One or two seed geraniums have done well on the plant shelf for a few months, it is in the east window with morning sun.

Now I suspect the Martha W's price was lower because it's getting late for them here... Should I have repotted it immediately? The leaves are yellowing, some dried up, and since it was in a full flush of blooms, most of those are drying up and brown. Should the dry spent blossoms be gently pulled off? Or what should I do with it? There are a few green leaves, so I have hope...

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melrt968(u.k. scotland)

No, there is no need to repot immediately. Gently knock the plant out of its container and check that the plant roots are healthy and not infested or dry and that the plant is not waterlogged. Pelargoniums should be watered and allowed to drain thoroughly, do not allow them to stand in water. Gently remove all faded blooms. After flowering feed the plant with 1/4 strength feed at each watering and when the roots start to appear in the holes at the bottom of the pot think about re-potting.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 5:31AM
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teri2k(z7NM HighDesert)

Thanks! I have been a bit alarmed, as when I moved it, I watered it well, and let it stand for 30 min., then poured off all the excess water and put it back on the window shelf.... and it is still soggy! (4-5 days later!) Seems maybe the soil it came in is too heavy?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 10:16AM
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melrt968(u.k. scotland)

This could well be the cause. Some of the new multipurpose composts, especially those based on bark and coir do retain too much moisture for pellies. If you have objections to using peat based composts try using a loam based compost such as John Innes No3. You could also try standing the pot on coarse gravel or chippings to improve drainage.
Hope this helps

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 3:26PM
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