Mini Foliage

kayakita(z9 TX)October 8, 2004

Can anyone tell me why my hanging basket of geraniums displays many blooms but only "itty-bitty" leaves...no larger than a dime.

A bit of history: Purchased the plant in full blooms with luxurious foliage last spring to hang on my front porch. Moved it to a shady spot under oak trees while I was out of town for a few days this summer.

While I was away...the deer nibbled on my geraniums... and ate ALL the flowers and leaves...leaving only the stems. I trimmed the bare stalks to about three inches. To my delight...the plant survived and started groowing again and blooming profusely. It's now covered with flowers but the leaves are almost non-existent. What happened?

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trancegemini_wa(10b)

it sounds like the geranium was close to death and as a result has gone into flower production to reproduce. if you want to push the leaves along then you can give it some liquid fish emulsion but if its only just started recovering you could dilute it to half normal strength and use it weekly or fortnightly until the leaves comes along, also if you cut some of the flowers off then it will take some of the stress off aswell.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2004 at 7:15AM
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terri76

I have had the same problem with 2 hanging baskets that are always in full sun on the south west corner of the house. This happens every year. I buy geraniums with normal size leaves then as the summer progresses the leaves get smaller and smaller and the leaf color changes from all green to green and rust colors. I figured it was intense heat and full sun that caused it. But I'm not sure. The ones that I put in the backyard (where they get sun and shade) don't do that.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2004 at 6:40PM
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kayakita(z9 TX)

Thanks Terri and Trancegemini for help with my geranium. I'll try the fish emulsion and move the hanging basket out of direct sunlight Maybe that will do the trick. I sure hope so!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2004 at 4:36PM
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