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CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 5, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #7028194

There is an article in today's Calgary Herald about a Calgary couple who have kept one geranium going for 8 years. It is now a giant plant. I have some which are 4 years old ,but I cut them off so they do not grow to be giants.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 6, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #7030538

CLScott
My Mom does that and saves the Mother plant, taking cuttings and then putting it out for the summer and cutting it back to bring in. She lives in Calgary
I have been saving my Mrs Polack's but I save cuttings as then I don't tend to bring in bugs.
I was pleased that I had done this last year as there weren't any around. This year they were at BMR greenhouses so I had my saved ones and got a few new ones
I also tried to save them one year by bare rooting them , that worked but the cuttings seem to do the best.
Ann

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 6, 2009
3:08 AM

Post #7030811

Caroline - is this any kind of geranium?
Ann - the cuttings - what do you do with them?

I have some, I think, zonal geraniums (but I'm not sure).
Will this work with them?

~Susan~
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 6, 2009
11:14 AM

Post #7031386

Yes, it works with any of the pelargonium type geraniums.
I save them and take cuttings all winter.
I like the wintered over geraniums as they grow larger than the commercial ones which they spray with dwarfing chemicals.

Caroline (Zone 3 Calgary)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 6, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #7033192

I didn't realize they sprayed with dwarfing chemicals. For heaven's sake - Why??

I'm in a zone 3a Calgary, cuz it's a very protected yard, except for the South side, where it's very sunny :-)
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 7, 2009
2:14 AM

Post #7034422

Susan
I just take a cutting from the top and let it sit to seal the cut end then I just place it in a sterilized (sp?) potting soil and leave it, they just root and then you grow them on in a basement window as they get a bunch of light and it's not too hot.
Ann
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 7, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #7034597

I might try taking cuttings this year. My Black Velvet geraniums are really nice. Then I wouldn't have to start them from seed next year.

Joanne

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 7, 2009
5:44 AM

Post #7035028

I don't have a basement, Ann.
I'm thinking of emptying my porch (totally enclosed, with picture windows on 2 sides - "partially heated" which means it will likely get to -10 IF we don't open the door to get into the house), and using it to store my dahlias and, if it works - Geraniums.
What do you think - would the geraniums be ok?

~Susan~

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2009
12:13 PM

Post #7035351

Ann - how long can you leave them sitting after you've cut them?
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 7, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #7035887

Usually leaving the cuttings for overnight allows them to seal.
Then into soil or water.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2009
4:08 PM

Post #7036258

I guess I'll take the cuttings next week after get back from a trip.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 7, 2009
4:50 PM

Post #7036429

I'll have to try that!!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 8, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #7038642

Minus 10 is a bit cold for plants , even for geraniums. You need to keep them above freezing. Above 32'F and above 0'C.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 8, 2009
3:27 AM

Post #7039026

oh Caroline - then I'll have to keep them in the house. Don't think I can, what with the Dahlias, and Brugs, and... o geeze I think I'll have to stop at that LOL I have about 15 Dahlias! (and one Brug)

I'm just glad my Daturas self-seed lol
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 8, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #7039898

We all have to garden with some constraints because of our homes.
Do the best with your dahlias and what you can reasonably winter over.
We do not all have to winter keep geraniums. We do what we can and we will still have beautiful plants for next summer.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 8, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #7040250

you betcha, Caroline!

annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 9, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #7042288

For what it's worth, I haven't had much luck with cuttings from geraniums in water, my success has been in soilless mix. Not much growing happens in the winter but as long as I don't overwater they make it till spring and then off they go. If they are a bit leggy I just plant them deeper into a bigger pot in the spring or take more cuttings, they soon get stronger.
Ann
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

September 9, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #7042501

I have kept one geranium for quite a few years and several for a few years. I usually bring in one nice plant of each and take my cuttings in early spring or late winter, whatever we get on the prairies. They don't need a lot of water, as Ann says, and bloom most of the time. Mine are also rooted in soiless mix. I wouldn't bother bringing in seed geraniums.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 9, 2009
5:33 AM

Post #7043159

What's a seed geranium?

~Susan~
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

September 9, 2009
1:06 PM

Post #7043592

They are the ones that the nurseries start from seed in ...probably January? An example would be those little ones that they sell off the racks in the aisle in Canadian Tire and Home Depot for about .80. They are single flowered and a bit smaller plant. The fancy ones are from cuttings. Double flowers and/or variegated leaves. And my scented one, I bring one of those in too. It came all the way from Hole's.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 9, 2009
3:49 PM

Post #7044150

Hole's?
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

September 9, 2009
4:27 PM

Post #7044313

just north of Edmonton.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 9, 2009
11:21 PM

Post #7045505

oh - i've never heard of them
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2009
11:50 PM

Post #7045606

Susan, Lois Hole is best-selling author of many garden books and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from February 10, 2000 until her death in 2005.

Holes is currently one of Canada's largest retail greenhouse stores.

Here's a link:

http://www.holesonline.com/aboutghouse.asp



This message was edited Sep 9, 2009 4:50 PM
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 10, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #7046103

Hole's is in St. Albert. Beautiful plants and gardening accessories.
My daughter takes me up there in May.
Just do NOT go to Holes on Mother's Day.
Every one in Edmonton takes their mother to Hole's on Mother's day.
The line ups are terrible on Mother's Day. We only did that once.
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 10, 2009
2:30 AM

Post #7046134

I think I will take all my geraniums to the school indoor atrium. Most of their plant material is looking very bad...guess the summer help didn't take care of it. Thought I would liven it up with some cannas, geraniums and what ever else that I feel like moving. I don't have the room with light to do indoor cuttings. I tried the cold storage with the geranium roots, but it didn't work out. Obviously didn't do it correctly. My other stuff, including potatoes do great in the cold storage (heated garage).

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 10, 2009
2:41 AM

Post #7046174

Wow - what a large Greenhouse!
Seems I'm going to have to go through that website more thoroughly!
Thank you :-)

Susan
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7063737

I grow mine all winter regular fertilizer and in april I cut them back use the clipping to make new plants which start to bloom in july and go till frost when I bring them in I choose the best ones two of each color and do the same again
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7063738

I grow mine all winter regular fertilizer and in april I cut them back use the clipping to make new plants which start to bloom in july and go till frost when I bring them in I choose the best ones two of each color and do the same again

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 14, 2009
9:43 PM

Post #7064176

**Hiccup**
:-)
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 15, 2009
4:04 AM

Post #7065661

The school atrium seems like a great way to dispose of geraniums.
I think it is great that you take so much responsibility there.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:28 PM

Post #7071868

You guys would love California. Pelargoniums are perennial shrubs.

Martha Washington type>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #7071880

Many hybrids are available>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #7071885

Some species>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:32 PM

Post #7071895

hybrids that look like species

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:33 PM

Post #7071900

They are widely used in containers

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:34 PM

Post #7071906

All the nurseries carry the 'common' hybrids

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:35 PM

Post #7071911

Some nurseries carry the less common types

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:36 PM

Post #7071919

You see them growing in the alleys

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #7071924

Pots of them in Downtown Plazas

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #7071926

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #7071933

On street corners

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:40 PM

Post #7071936

In the Botanical Gardens

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:41 PM

Post #7071943

Nice color for summer

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:42 PM

Post #7071945

Some have interesting foilage, here is a good edging type

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #7071950

Lots of different types of foliage

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:44 PM

Post #7071957

Some folks have collections

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 16, 2009
11:47 PM

Post #7071965

I really find them fascinating

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 17, 2009
3:33 AM

Post #7072842

Very nice pictures DTG.

Caroline,
Do you think I should take the entire pot & just plop it in the school atrium or should I take the geraniums out & transplant them into the atrium soil? Also thought I would take begonias and impatiens. Everyone will be so surprised with the burst of color.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 17, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #7072926

We would love to be able to grow pelargoniums as shrubs.
We do the best we can by taking them in for the winter.

Joanne, probably the geraniums would get watered better if they are in the atrium soil?
If I were doing it for myself , then I would leave them in the pots as geraniums( of the pelargonium kind) flower more if they are pot bound.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
11:28 AM

Post #7073327

wow beautifull babies

I just love flowers
violist
Calgary
Canada

September 25, 2009
4:20 AM

Post #7101987

Dale these posts might be a tad depressing for pelargonium lovers in Calgary!

I do two things with my favorite rare ones:

I take cuttings and pot in vermiculite or perlite. I also take the original plant, cut it back by 2/3 and dig up the roots, then repot in 6 inch pots. I can take cuttings from these once they establish.

I have about a dozen kinds which I save every year. The fancy leaf ones are really intriguing.

scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #7102367

I save mine every year since they are getting expensive to buy
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 25, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #7103151

Thanks for the pictures of so many kinds, Dale.
We have challenges in growing pelargoniums and the Californians have challenges
when growing tulips.
It is fun though to see how things grow in different climates.
Caroline

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