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Rockford, IL

August 25, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9253779

I live in a wooded yard and have Cranesbill growing wild everywhere! Problem is that they only produce tiny purple flowers that are barely visible. The ones I see in nurseries and photos have lots of blooms. Any advice?
Hadley, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9260179

I have a similar species geranium of some sort that self-sows everywhere, and produces only tiny magenta flowers. It is one of my worst weeds, so I hate to admit I planted it myself! That was so long ago, however, that I've forgotten what type it is. I just keep yanking it up because it's more trouble than it's worth. But I doubt I'll ever be completely rid of it. You might want to replace yours with a variety that has more impressive flowers.

Keep in mind, however, that most geraniums only bloom heavily once a year--usually in early summer. Some of them will produce lighter flushes of blooms later, but I haven't seen any yet that I would consider ever-blooming.

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