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Currently overwintering on a cool window sill, one of my pelargoniums looks "different". It has been "mother" to several cuttings over 3 years but there are no green stems now, only woody ones. The leaves keep on coming but are tiny. I pinch these off but no sign ofany new green stems.  Is it time to throw it away?


How about letting the little leaves grow bigger and then using a leaf as a cutting. I have successfully got a new plant from just one leaf in the past.

Sounds like the end for that one, I don't use mother plants for long, cut from your new cuttings for next years plants.

Thank you Lyn and Cottage Garden Fairy. Will do both suggestions and bin the old plant.

I take my.cuttings from new plants. It makes them bushier and these cuttings seem to have lots of energy, prob because they are virus free. Plants are old at 3 years and on the wane so best discarded (gosh! Lucky we dont do that to people or I guess I would be discarded too)



Verdun if you take cuttings they will be just as virus-lanen or virus-free as the 'mother'.

Perhaps if Susan's pelargonium was fed it would look better. Cuttings will grow bushier, perhaps because they are grown in new soil.


It's hungry  Take it out of the pot, shake off as much soil as possible and repot it in fresh compost - I find pelargonioums like John Innes No 2 but any good general purpose compost will do.  It will soon become reinvigorated - I know of pelargoniums that have gone on for years and years - they do need feeding though!

Wait for the warmer weather as well as cutting the stem back, if you have not done that already. Even though I have heat in my potting shed, many of my pelargoniums are bare, due to the intense "damp and continuing".  Feed it/them and maybe spray the stem/s weekly and I am sure it/they will grow leaves. Some of my plants are decades old and still flower and give good cuttings.

Good Luck!

Despite my stated views that pelargoniums are best when young, not too far from me.....westwards to Penzance.....a huge pelargonium was trained to cover a whole cottage wall. Probably 20 feet by 15 feet. It was a sight to behold. Think it's gone now though. Inspired by this, I have grown one outside on a wall for 3 years or so. I think the old wood on pelargoniums is susceptible to viruses and diseases and the flowers less impressive on older plants.

All responses are impressive,many thanks to all. Will spend some more time on "mother" and see how things go!

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