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I was given this plant last Summer and was not too surprised that it didn't flower. But I'd like it to do better this year! I've moved it, in its pot, into the garage (it has a large window) and the photoshows that it still has some leaves.
Should I water it at all?
Should I remove what I assume are the remains of old leaves at the base of the plant?
All advice appreciated.
I wouldn't water it while the weather is this cold. Cold is bad enough, cold and wet can be lethal! I've not grown it although I would like to - I've never had a warm-enough spot
Yes I'd love to grow it too, but no chance up here in NWest.
I'd treat it as a HHA & keep it under cover, minimal watering, if any, over the next few months/weeks. Any obviously dead leaves I'd very, very carefully remove in case they start to go mouldy & that wouldnt be good.
Harden it off gradually as the spring progresses & it will need the hottest, driest spot you've got. J.
I always thought that Geranium Maderense was monacarpic - dying after flowering ? I know they don't usually flower in their first year but I've never grown one.
Maybe take some cuttings in the Spring just in case.
This link indicates that it may take up to 3 years to flower in colder conditions - and yes, it is monocarpic, so save some seeds when it does flower.
Honestly though I'd written a thank you for all your thoughts! Sorry! They were appreciated. Have just brought the plant in to a slightly warmer, brighter spot. Will post a photo later in the year (if successful!)
There's another largish geranium that's superficially a bit like maderense. I had it for a few years and it died in a cold winter. I now have a 2 year old seedling that would probaly have flowered last year if the weather had been kinder. Can anyone suggest what this plant is? I don't have a photo but seeing the maderense pic reminded me of it.
Hi Nut, There is a similar one called G Palmatum. Could it be this one ?
MINE IS IN THE GARDEN AND HAS BEEN FOR 2 YEARS IT SEEDS WELL AND LEAVES LOADS BABIES ALL AROUND.PLEASE GIVE IT SPACE IN THE GARDEN NOW YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED,I LIVE ON THE EAST COAST SO NOT WARM HERE
Jean R wrote (see)
Hi Nut, There is a similar one called G Palmatum. Could it be this one ? http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/13031.shtml
Jean, thank you. That's the one. Sorry for the delay in replying. I'm still waiting for flowers and seedlings but it's looking good this year.
And thank you Kate for dredging up the thread so I found it
I bought a small plant of Geranium Maderense at Tresco Gardens in April 2010, it has rewarded my special attention and this month has bloomed with well over 100 flowers.