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27/04/2014 at 08:22


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


27/04/2014 at 08:24

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

27/04/2014 at 08:36

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

I'm sure Verdun will know. 

27/04/2014 at 08:47

It looks very much like what Lilly is trying to ID on here.

This one looks like Geranium nodosum or wallichianum to me.

27/04/2014 at 08:53

That looks more like a buttercup to me I'm afraid 

27/04/2014 at 08:56

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 

27/04/2014 at 09:00

You are on to something Dove/Fg. I new i had seen that leaf before and did not have fond memories of it.

Edit: its ok in the right place of course. 

27/04/2014 at 09:24


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!)...


27/04/2014 at 09:30
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

That looks more like a buttercup to me I'm afraid 

Sorry, I was trying to be tactful and break it gently to you ((hugs)) but it is DEFINITELY A BUTTERCUP. 


27/04/2014 at 09:36

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...

27/04/2014 at 09:37

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!

27/04/2014 at 09:40

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

Well I have 


27/04/2014 at 09:40

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

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

27/04/2014 at 09:43

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

27/04/2014 at 09:47

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!?


27/04/2014 at 09:51

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!!


27/04/2014 at 09:52

That picture speaks volumes!

Mercilessly tossed on the ground 

27/04/2014 at 10:11

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 


27/04/2014 at 10:12

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

27/04/2014 at 10:13

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.

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