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Good morning lovely gardening folk. Anyone out there know much about geums? My mum gave me a cutting from her garden last year and it was glorious in the flower bed. Lovely orange flowers. So muggins here took some cuttings in the autumn; well, not cuttings, but those sprigs just like strawberry plants produce? Sorry, the correct term escapes me! But I dug the 'sprigs' up, potted them on, and they've grown loads. However, my mum came over yesterday and we're not at all sure that they are geums! One had a tiny yellow flower on it. They look, well, a bit weedy! Do geums not come true from 'sprigs' or have I propagated a weed in error?! Any steer much appreciated! Thanks 



star gaze lily

Think it could be a geum....mrs Bradshaw......?


Usually Geums are propagated by division Tootles. They don't really look like Geums to me 

I'm sure Verdun will know. 


Tootles says one of them has a yellow flower though Edd so can't be a geranium, although the last pic does look a bit like geranium foliage. Hate to say - but it looks like a  buttercup to me 




Oh dear! What a plonker! I've been feeding them, watering them, tucking them up at night! I've had a look on the tin-ter-net and found these two photos.... Am I grasping at straws hoping for mrs Bradshaw above?? The little yellow flower looks just like the creeping buttercup below. Albeit, the leaves do look similar on both. Maybe if I can find out if geums have runners or not (that's the term I was trying to remember!)...


Victoria Sponge

Hi Tootles,

I just went out to look at my two geums, one of whom is Mrs J Bradshaw (although I'm not sure which one) but I don't think yours looks much like either, soz. 

Not sure about the runners either as I only got mine last year...


Heee heeee Dove. I hear you now! Thanks though, very much.

Thank goodness I now know. I was going to take some to the village gardening sale and charge 75p a pot! I'm a new member there.... could've been a very short membership!

Victoria Sponge

Everyone's done it though, haven't they? 

Well I have 



When you mentioned the runners like strawberries have - that was the giveaway Tootles!

Never mind. - you'll have the healthiest buttercups in Britain 


But whatever you do don't plant it in your garden .... They are a menace in mine


Thanks Victoria Sponge.  Every cloud... I can at least be confident in my ability to grow very strong weeds! Look at the roots on the bad-boy!?



Thanks Fairygirl. Happy childhood memories of sticking them under the chin to see if you liked butter... or was that just where I went to school?!

Thanks ever so much for your help all. This forum is fabulous - even at delivering bad news!!


Victoria Sponge

That picture speaks volumes!

Mercilessly tossed on the ground 



Tootles, I will say that's the healthiest looking buttercup I've seen in a long time - 

If anyone says anything, just tell them you're planning a Buttercup Meadow 

Very good for wildlife 



Loved the buttercup test tootles, and yes, I did the same nurturing 'non-echinacea' over winter!


And for those trying to propagate Geums, they do not produce runners, but at the base of each set of leaves they produce new roots. They are fairly easy to pull apart and replant.

Some of the smaller species have a rhizome like rootstock which can be taken as a cutting and rooted in the normal way for any cuttings.

I have over 30 of them now.


Tootles - you could always sell them as 'Native Wildlife Plants' at the plant sale! 



 Oops!  I thought the photos were geum and that the leaves looked like some of my geum.  In this photo taken today the yellow buds in the foreground are geum Prinses Julianne (never sure of the correct spelling).  The buds come up yellow and then turn startling orange as the flower opens. It opens very near the colour of the young orange wallflower in the photo immediately behind the yellow geum buds. I would never have guessed that one of the photos was a buttercup.  Nature is amazing with all the similarities of many species etc.