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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.