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Any benefit to deadheading

Posted by wigardenerwannabe Z5 WI (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 13, 07 at 19:17

hardy geraniums? I have several varieties of perrenial geraniums and have always wondered if there is any reason to take off the small blooms once they are done blooming.


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RE: Any benefit to deadheading

Many varieties benefit from a routine shearing or cutting back of the entire plant after the major bloom flush. This will result in a refreshing of the foliage, keep the growth habit compact and will generally result in a decent rebloom as well. Easier than deadheading individual flowers and slows those that have a propensity to self-seed as well.


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What exactly is a hardy geranium? Can it be left in ground/outside yr round? Do they resemble those sold as annuals?
I grow annual types indoors but they live on forever..are these the same as hardy? Even though they'd never grow outdoors in winter here in IL..Thanks, Toni


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RE: Any benefit to deadheading

Hardy geraniums are true geraniums unlike the annual sort which are pelargoniums, botanically speaking - they are not related. They can and should be left in the ground overnight; they will disappear over winter and reappear in the spring.


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