Ancient Pelargonium

balconygardener(z6NY)July 29, 2004

I have an old one, 4 years old. It still flowers, but has only about three leaves on every branch. Once the new leaves appear the older ones turn yellow. Can I cut all of its leggy branches and expect it to regrow? I once tried that with a smaller old geranium, but it never regrew...Any sugestions?

Thanks in advance

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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Pelargoniums can live for decades if properly looked after. It sounds like yours has problems at root level and is going from waterlogged to dessicated, probably also lacking nutrients. It may be potbound, or the soil might just be packed down, maybe it is just out of nutrients. So I would suggest repotting with fresh soil as a first step.

You can cut it back. Pelargoniums are pretty good at sprouting from cut branches. They can be a bit picky about sprouting from the old woody stems. Another idea is to take a cutting and grow a brand new plant or three :)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2004 at 12:45PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

I lost mine to an ice storm in January...they were five years old. I made it a habit to cut them back by about half in Fall to save them from being whipped around and broken in a coastal storm, then cut them back hard (6 - 8") each year in March, followed by adding compost to the top of the 24" container. I would then begin feeding occasionally with Peters, half strength. They were full and huge (3' + across) with two per each container, bloomed wonderfully Apr thru Nov until they met a winter they couldn't survive. Replanted in April, we'll see how long I have these...

    Bookmark   July 30, 2004 at 12:33AM
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I finally fertilized my pelargonium a week ago and now it's blooming! I haven't seen it bloom like this for years..Here's a pic I took today:

and that's a shot from the back:

    Bookmark   July 30, 2004 at 4:24PM
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