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HI all. I have a geum mrs bradshaw and it is flowing beautifully, but I was wondering what I do with it when it has finished flowering. Do I cut all the long stems back to ground level or do I just leave it to die back itself?

When I bought it last year it was only tiny and didn't flower but this year it's gone mad!!!

Obelixx

Cut back the flower stems and feed it.  Liquid tomato fertiliser is good.  This will help the roots grow stronger to produce a better plant next year and should also encourage a second flush of flowers later this summer.   Once the plant is big enough, you can think about lifting and dividing it in spring to make more free plants.

4thPanda

Should they be cut right back to the base?

Obelixx

Yes, but just the flowering stems. 

4thPanda

Thanks Obelixx 

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BobTheGardener

If you keep snipping off each bloom as soon as it has dropped it's petals, you can prolong the flowering season by quite some time as new buds will soon form.  If you allow seed pods to form, it will stop flowering.

 

Do you mean just snip them off with some secatures or scissors?  Bob

BobTheGardener

Yes, just the very end as young flower buds often form an inch or two below the old flower.

AnniD

There is an article in a magazine this week (not GW), that says to cut back geum, leaves and all, to the base. I've never done this before, can anyone advise please?

Last edited: 09 September 2017 16:57:10

AnniD

Please excuse bump, but l am hoping to do this tomorrow, weather permitting, and was hoping for some advice 

Last edited: 12 September 2017 13:05:00

Not a helpful reply AnniD, but I too have Geum Mrs. Bradshaw, quite a few of them and have never cut them back, only the flower heads but not the leaves.  However I do remove any dead or dying leaves from the base of the plant as necessary.

Fairygirl

It's a long time since I've grown geums Anni , but I'm going to suggest that it could be a bit like geraniums, in that they can get a bit manky looking - ie  mildewy and ragged. Quite common with plants that work hard and flower for a long period.  

By cutting the whole plant back, you encourage fresh new growth. Perhaps even a flower or two depending on your climate, location etc.

Not saying that's the definitive reason, but it is a possibility.  

AnniD

Many thanks GD2 & Fairygirl.  GD2, I think I'll stick with just tidying them up as you say. If it was earlier in the summer I might have given it a try as with geraniums, but it's a bit late in the season now I feel.

Thanks again  

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