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Mowable Geraniums

Posted by vegangirl z6 VA (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 15, 08 at 17:36

I just read an article in Horticulture May, 1999 by Brian Bixley. He says he discovered the he could plant G. himalayense and G. endressii and their cultivars under crabapple trees along with spring bulbs and colchicums. He mows the geraniums twice a year (mid-August and November). He is in southern Ontario. It all works perfectly together.

Now, can anyone tell me some cultivars of the above species? A Google search turned up several but only one of each that I can find sources for. G. h. Birch's Double and G. e. Claridge Druce.

Has anyone had any experience mowing any other species? I'm hoping to find out that the varieties available from Blustone and Green Mt Transplants are mowable:)


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RE: Mowable Geraniums

Nearly all hardy geraniums (can't think of any right off that can't) can be cut back hard after the initial bloom sequence. In fact, most appreciate it by responding rapidly with a new flush of tidy foliage and often, additional flowering. Mowing is a less refined method of approaching this same process, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work, if you don't mind a somewhat chewed up appearance initially. The ones that would be less inclined to appreciate this treatment are the sprawling, rambling selections like 'Ann Folkard' or 'Rozanne'. So you are really not too limited by species or hybrid if you attempt this.

RE: Mowable Geraniums

Gardengal, thanks so much! I have been trying for weeks to get back to this forum and I guess the link was broken. I just tried this morning and it didn't work but I was able to get to it by searching. Frustrating!!!

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