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Sadassa_Ulna
Narberth, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9112998

This winter was so mild, here in the suburban Philadelphia area. My hardy geraniums are blooming early and the plants are huge.
If I remember correctly, the plants go dormant in summer and bloom again in September?
My questions is, can I move them after this Spring bloom is over or should I wait until Fall after the second bloom.
Thanks!

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warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 6, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9113318

They can be moved and it will give them time to settle in before the next round. Anymore there are so many hardy geraniums, some all seasom bloomers tooo, such as below:
pix: Dianthus x Loveliness and geranium Rozanne.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2012
1:45 AM

Post #9113514

That is a beautiful photo.The dianthus is very unusual.

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9114355

Yes, I got the seed years ago from: tmseeds.com. It's a perennial: Dianthus X Loveliness, which blooms first year from seed. It last about 3 to 4 years and then is gone, and have never had it reseed. It's 12-18" and blooms the whole season til frost. The smell is incrediible too, another plus in my book. I believe burpee has the seed also, and the range of colors is wonderful!!!! I have not found them to reseed outdoors tho.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 7, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9114691

I agree with Warrier. I moved some hardy geraniums about a week ago. The site was prepared in advance. They wilted a bit for a day or two but then stood back up and look wonderful.

And I agree with ge - that dianthus is just gorgeous.

Donna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
3:00 AM

Post #9115152

I have moved HardyG's. I believe any plant that spreads like that can take it.
Sadassa_Ulna
Narberth, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2012
4:40 AM

Post #9115192

Thank you to everyone who has replied.

And warriorwisdomkathy - I agree that feathery dianthus of yours is lovely!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 8, 2012
5:26 AM

Post #9115228

One of mine was a bit more eager to cover ground than what I wanted so I figured I'd take up a few pieces. It ended up 20 pieces. I've potted them up and hope they adjust.

Kathy - we grew one with that look, named Donna. It was pink. It lasted a few years and then disappeared as many do. They're lovely.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9115353

I feel like the hardy geraniums can survive anything...even attempts to get rid of it! So go ahead and move or divide...just take a big chunk and water well. I always use root stimulator (especially if it's something you really love or a huge shrub or rose) when moving or dividing anything...it helps a great deal. It comes as a liquid and you dilute it in a little water. I highly recommend having it in your "garden pantry".
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9116229

Oh, Kosk, good advice. I actually have one, and keep forgetting to use it!

Donna

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9119318

In doing garden cleanup this morning, atleast 3 of those dianthus didn't make it. This would have been year 4, sure wish they did reseed tho.
I haven't used root stimulator in years, thanks for the reminder, maybe it's time to start again, I have scads that need dividing this year.

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Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2012
9:50 PM

Post #9119357

Kiosk, which one do you use? Is there a difference between the various ones that you know or have heard of??

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
1:38 AM

Post #9119399

Thats a sweet combo of yellow iris and panzies
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9120332

I don't recall the brand I use off hand...I checked my "garden pantry" and I'm out! Need to replace asap. I'm planning to get the same brand, and I'll let you know. I dug up an extremely old climbing rose from my friend's house, and had to sacrifice half of the roots bc they were under her garage. I didn't think it would survive the transplant to my house, But it's doing great. I used a lot of root stimulator so I'm sold on it.
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

May 11, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9120468

Please post when you do...
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 14, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9123747

Do you have a name brand on this root stimulator? Do you use it on everything you try to root or transplant?
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2012
7:48 PM

Post #9127845

Ferti lome is the brand I use. Restocked it today. Bonime makes similar product. Looks very similar.

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