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This plant is well known, I do actually know its name but hesitate to mention it in case it might be illegal to propogate!  It is climbing all over its companions and looking absolutely wonderful.  Being sterile it just keeps on flowering.  I would like some more but obviously seeds are not going to develop.

I would also like to know if a sterile hybrid is any use to the bees, they swarm all over it, but I don't know if their search is in vain - does it actually have any nectar?


Even if a plant has 'Plant Breeder's Rights', this means that you can't sell any plants you propagate, but can propagate as many as you like for your own use. Most hardy geraniums can be propagated by division. 



My apologies for my mispelling of propagation - it didn't look right in the first place! Many thanks to figrat for the legal knowledge!

As it's quite legal, does anyone know when to divide Rozanne? And does it have any nectar for the bees?


(quote from above link)

"Geranium Rozanne has the most beautiful dark blue flowers with a white centre. Also known as Jolly Bee because this plant is such a rich source of nectar for bees."



You can lift and divide them in the spring or in autumn - I prefer to do it in the autumn as the soil is warm and the new roots get away quicker - the soil can be cold and claggy in the spring. 

Rob Stevens

I've had hardy Geraniums that have taken from bits of woody stem pulled off one pland and just stuck in the ground. They are extremely hard to kill!

I grow several varieties of hardy geraniums but not all seem easy to propagate. Jolly bee is easy....just cut with spade for sizeable clumps to grow away fast. Elke seems harder. But separating roots, even smallest bits, often take well. The older varieties like Russell Pritchard for example are easy subjects for spade slicing during growing season and will flower again soon after this

When you say spade slicing what exactly do you mean? Do you slice off a shoot and plant it or are you splitting a stem and pinning it under ground like layering?

hollie hock

I've divided plants by using a spade, just plant or pot up the smaller pieces


For the spreading varieties Julia. Dig up a clump, then put a spade in the middle of it and slice it in half. Then half again if it's a big clump

Can be done without digging it all up if you prefer

It looks like murder but it's OK

My Rozanne was only planted a few weeks ago and although I want more I'm not sure if it's a big enough clump to divide yet.  Would you play safe and leave it until next Autumn?  I'd hate to lose it, I love it to bits.


Its a question of whether or not you think it is big enough to divide. I usually take pieces off new plants as soon as I get them and it usually works fine.

Thanks Ceres, I'll see what I think in a couple of weeks or so.

Just take a woody root and pop it in some MPC and water it. It will produce a plantable new plant within a few weeks.


I'll try both methods because I'd like a lot more clumps of Rozanne bless her!


Wekk you live and learn - I didn't know Jolly Bee and Rozanne were one and the did that happen? 

Any advice on propagating Ann Folkard?

I think that Jolly Bee and Rozanne were sold as separate varieties until it was discovered that they were genetically identical. As Jolly Bee was the latest to be marketed, they all had to be renamed Rozanne.

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