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26/07/2012 at 20:54


I have bought some Geraniums and have lost the label telling is it is hardy or not is there a way I would know buy the look of it.  I have bought a trailing one also which is a great colour and going to take cutting but every little bit of growth seems to have a flower bud can i use the leaf of a geranium to use a cuttings.  

thanks regards Chris

26/07/2012 at 21:04

Confusion reigns

If it is a bedding geranium then it is not hardy-these are strictly called pelargoniums

If it is a herbaceous geranium -that is hardy

Now the question is which is yours?-I am guessing a trailing pelargonium?


26/07/2012 at 21:29

Non-hardy bedding geraniums have a soft round leaf with a very distinct strong smell. Non-hardy trailing geraniums have a very stiff leaf which resembles an ivy leaf.

As for taking cuttings - no, you can't take leaf cuttings. But there's nothing to stop you taking a normal cutting and simply pinching the flowers off, and any more that it tries to produce, until it is well-rooted.

26/07/2012 at 23:04

Thanks for the quick response and great info.

I wasn't sure how to take cutting with buds on, thanks for the advice I will take cutting and do Alina as you suggested and pinch out the flower bud of the trailing geranium which has ivy shaped leaves.

The bedding geraniums I have, does the same apply regarding the the shape of the leaves, my bedding gerainium have a dark green tough Ivy shaped leaf so I think they must be hardy. 

Thanks again for the info.


26/07/2012 at 23:33

Your description of a bedding geranium with an ivy shaped leaf does not sound hardy. If you uploaded a photo we could be sure.

27/07/2012 at 08:35


You have pelargoniums -commonly called geraniums-these are not hardy-they look like this

or this


This is a hardy geranium

A completely different plant

I hope that makes it clear??

27/07/2012 at 12:32


Geoff - aren't you clever?  I have two of those hardy geraniums and never realised they were geraniums.  So what I buy as geraniums aren't - well you learn something every day!  Thanks for the info.

28/07/2012 at 23:27
Pelargoniums are the indoor or tender plants but geraniums are the outdoor ones. Pelargoniums have fairly brittle stems and, usually, larger flowers. I grow several of both types and both are addictive. Rebpelargoniums, try the scented varieties...scented leaves of lemon, orange, peppermint, etc etc., there are loads. Many coloured foliage geraniums too
24/08/2012 at 17:46


Thanks again for the response and information, it looks as if these are not hardy.  I have taken cuttings but the cuttings seem to be dying, going yellow.  They start off well but have lost a couple, not sure what I have done.  I did as instructed from the video on the website and planted about 3 in a pot of compost.  

Sotongeoff and Chris2 the links are very informative I now know the difference, thanks again.  regards Chris 

25/08/2012 at 08:24

Just take them out of the tubs and pot them up before the first frosts of the autumn and keep them indoors on light windowsills - they'll probably flower all winter and look lovely, then when the last frost is over you can plant them out in your tubs again - that'll give you the chance to take lots more cuttings too 

25/08/2012 at 09:26

Hi Chris , I also overwinter pelargoniums and have been doing so for a few years. What I usually do is to pot them up as Dove says and then reduce them by half. After September keep the watering to a bare minimum and this is the time I usually take my cuttings - you'll have a lot of cutting material when you cut them back. Come Spring increase the watering and I usually give them a drenching with Epsom salts. ( Really good for leaf colouration) .  Pinch them out as this will make them nice and bushy and I sometimes remove most of the larger leaves. This allows light to get to the smaller new leaves but don't do it any later than the end of April. This method is not for the faint-hearted but it does produce a good healthy plants !

25/08/2012 at 09:27

Chris9 they look lovely. The cuttings may be going yellow if you have over watered them, how much grit/perlite did you put in you cutting compost?

25/08/2012 at 21:51

Thanks again for the great information.  I didn't put any grit or perlite in the pots only compost, I think a visit to the garden centre tomorrow I will repot again with some grit.  When this is done is it ok to leave in the garden until it gets colder or on the windowsill. 

Thanks again for the advice, I reall need to print this info off and put it in a file so I can just look back on each item of advice I have asked for only I think I am begining to repeat myself, thats due to the age i expect .

regards Chris 

25/08/2012 at 22:06

Chris - I usually bring mine in end of September but I live ''up North '' so won't risk it any later than that. They are stunning displays - very pretty.

25/08/2012 at 22:39
The weather forecaster in the NW said there might be a frost over the long weekend!
26/08/2012 at 07:32

Noooo! Already ??

26/08/2012 at 07:41
Morning Jean, I am hoping that I misheard her! That would be just what we need to finish off a dreadful summer.
26/08/2012 at 07:44

Me too! My cobaea still hasn't flowered . That would finish it off .  Morning BTW !!!

26/08/2012 at 10:03

Chris9 I mix 50/50 compost and grit for cuttings and I have mine on a windowsill now, even without a frost it gets chilly outside at night and you want to give your cuttings every help you can.

26/08/2012 at 16:23

Thanks Jean for the compliment.  I did hear that Scotland may have frost at night over the weekend.  I live in the North West, today it rained all morning but about 2ish the sun came out , I managed to have a nap in the garden it was very hot and wonderful .  I will remember 50/50 compost and grit job done! 

Thanks again for the great advice and support.



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