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Geraniums, Pelargoniums and Erodiums: Spring is coming :)

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WALLACEONE
, WI

March 27, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #6328727

Yea spring is almost here geraniums are blooming in the gh...Happy blooms everyone...Barb

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PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

March 28, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #6329728

Beautiful! I'm so hungry for spring this year.
WALLACEONE
, WI

March 28, 2009
10:29 AM

Post #6330500

Me too..They are calling for a snowstorm here today..It has been such a long winter and snowy..Will it ever end..Lol
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 6, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #6374603

it has to end soon since I ran out of room for the seedling last week I have three flats that need transplanting and no room
PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6374675

We had 3 inches of snow last week and today we are at 64 degrees! Spring seems to be getting crazier every year...
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 7, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6374689

This is a very strange spring..I think we hit the record for snow in Greenbay Wi again this year...The geraniums are going gangbusters in the gh..Blooming their heads off...
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #6374713

mine are huge in the house cant wait to put them back outside they are over two feet across
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 7, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #6374723

I didnt realilize they get as big as they do esp the stellars..:) 2 ft across too...:)
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6374826

I grow everything huge lol if it say 30 inches mine are over 50 if it says the bloom will be 3 inches wide mine are over 4 and sometime over 5 inches across lol dont know why I dont do anything different it just happens
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 7, 2009
12:49 AM

Post #6374892

Lol you have the geranium green thumb...I just received some babies in from a coop and they are getting big already too...:)
PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6377082

Hey wallaceone, I was in that coop too...weren't they great plants? Mine are doing great...wish I could have bought lots more. I only got 4. But I sure do like them :)
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
12:54 PM

Post #6381501

my monsters came as little slip a year ago cut them back last fall and now they are going crazy started blooming last month and I hope will go all summer with enough feritlizer

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scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
12:57 PM

Post #6381510

that location is my formal dinning room that has been transfered into my greenhouse for a few months I have a total of 36 flats spread all over in every window good thing I have lots of windows facing south and south east the hydro would kill my budget if I had to run that many lights
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 8, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #6381572

I hear ya I wish I had gotten more too...Starlight is a great vendor...That is a huge geranium...Dont ya just love them terra cotta pots...I found them at menards and am using them too for babies... I wonder how long geraniums bloom for too..:)
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6381694

usually they bloom as long as the weather is warm enough and they are fed on a regular basis
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 8, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #6381799

Thank you so much...:) Do you know how long from seed by chance ? Barb
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #6381837

slips are about two to three months old and it took about another two months for them to get the fist blooms so I would say four to five months from seed to bloom and it depends on fertilization and light
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 8, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6381866

Thank you so much I appreciate it...I am growing a bunch from seed and was not sure when I could see blooms on them...:) Barb
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6382104

I started with six last spring all different colors did a few cutings last fall and now have thirteen of them and I plan on doing more cutting this fall
it is amazing how the prices of geraniums have gone up in the last three years
I am just going to grow my own cutting or from seed
I refuse to pay up to 6 dollars for what I call the 3inch pot cutting lol that is to much
WALLACEONE
, WI

April 8, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6382185

Lol I hear ya...I was just at a gh here and their prices were over the roof... Seed is not cheap either... 4 dollars for 10seeds..Ouch... I found jungs seeds here so I dont have to pay shipping which is good but I need to stay away from that store too. Lol I love how there are not really any problems with them...No bugs to deal with which is great..:) I have cuttings started in the gh and plan on doing lots more to trade later on...Barb
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
5:08 PM

Post #6382456

I have started doing that with the garden club in the area we have monthly meetings and the one in may they ask that we all bring in some seedlings and trade what we want and the rest goes for the plant sale to raise money for the club
I hope to get some interesting stuff

also found that agri canada has a rare perennial plant sale every year on mothers day it was so busy last year it was amazing found so many interesting plants
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 13, 2009
4:00 AM

Post #6402003

scicciarella- I've got a few geraniums that look like your picture, except they are a peachy pink color. I hope mine get to looking half as good as yours:) elizabeth
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
3:12 AM

Post #6406869

they will if you fertilize them geraniums like good food they just take off as soon as you feed them I am talking about doubling the size in like two to three weeks and they love lots of sun just make sure to water them good
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6421710

I need to get some food for my plants! I haven't fed them in probably 2 years. Maybe that's why I loose so many?LOL
I'll try feeding them! What kind of food? I don't want to loose these. They are doing good so far but I'd love for them to do better!!
Should I let them dry out between waterings?
Thanks, Elizabeth
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
3:17 AM

Post #6421901

not to dry and dont over water, remember to read the directions on the fertilizer and use one quarter strenght for seedling
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
3:57 AM

Post #6422034

ok thanks. Any suggestions on food?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
11:49 AM

Post #6422867

you can use schultz liquid plant food the 10-15-10 it works good since its drops and its like a few drops per gallon so it will last a long time
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
1:26 PM

Post #6423182

Thanks I'll try and get some asap.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6423561

you should be able to get it everywhere that they have plants most common one for indoor and outdoor plants
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
5:55 PM

Post #6424415

I dug out 2 different kinds from my plant box- Jobes food spikes 13-4-5 and Time Release 14-14-14.
Will either of those works?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
6:44 PM

Post #6424643

the 14-14-14 should be fine nothing stronger and for seedlings only a quarter of the strenght for the first coupld of weeks then can increase a little on the strenght and you can go full strenght a week after planting to final location
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6424963

They are in the pots they will stay in, unless they grow so much I need bigger pots!! That would be nice.
Thanks for your help
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
8:42 PM

Post #6425056

they should do ok just dont give them any afternoon sun for a week or so water normally and then after a week of so you can start to fertalize half strenght to start and then normal after a couple of weeks. they will do fine

I will probably have the same problem next month ordered some live plants lol said I would not do it again but oh well
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
11:13 PM

Post #6425603

scicciarella- I thought I'd ask you instead of starting a whole new thread. When my blooms start dying, how do I go about "pinching them off" so maybe new ones can grow? I picked plants that already had blooms plus also had babies about to bloom. Well, the blooms have started to die or at least look like it. If I get them off will new ones come in?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6429809

with geraniums you want to pinch the stem of at the plant
so you have the long thin stem with the ball of flowers at the end
just carefully pop it of the branch it will quickly make new ones
rbtkew
london
United Kingdom

April 19, 2009
5:07 AM

Post #6430801

It's spring here in London too. I've just out my pelargoniums outside and the first hardy geranium ( G. macrorrhizum ) is in bloom. Although I'm half a world away Im fascinated to read how you grow your plants in the states, you have to cope with such extremes of weather.I hope you don't mind a Brit eavsdropping on your conversations!
PlantiMcPlanter
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6431921

That's what makes DG so much fun...all gardeners sharing their experiences. I was lucky enough to make it to the UK for a brief visit. There were gardens everywhere! It was amazing...

Glad you are with us :)
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6434876

Im in canada which is so much further north and we have the same zone which is 5 its crazy the way it works,

my grandfather is from wales a small town called pontypridd hoping to visit that way next year,

mona
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 21, 2009
5:49 AM

Post #6440916

thanks for the help mona
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2009
11:29 AM

Post #6441275

no prob
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #6538151

I over wintered my geraniums and now they are huge and falling over so I did a bunch of cutting and they are rooting fine what I want to know is how long from cutting and they are big cuttings to get them to bloom ????????
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2009
11:45 PM

Post #6597189

Mine are blooming great just getting real leggy? I don't know how to get them to be "bushy" and not leggy??
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #6597222

usually leggy means not enough sun
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6597227

if the top has to blooms yet pinch of the top and it will start to go sideways
sorry half asleep on this one what I mean is that the top is the last to bloom and if there is no bloom coming from the top of the plant you can cut the top off the plant and it will get lateral growth which will mean more blooms in the long run

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ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 25, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #6597235

pinch off the tops that are blooming?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2009
12:39 PM

Post #6599140

sorry I didnt think I was that tired but must have been I dont usually un talk like that hahahahahah
rbtkew
london
United Kingdom

May 27, 2009
6:30 PM

Post #6605236

I thought I'd send in a few pictures of hardy geraniums that are in bloom here at Kew gardens, spring has well and truly sprung here and the gardens are looking great. The first one is G. 'Phillpe Vapelle.

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rbtkew
london
United Kingdom

May 27, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #6605270

Geranium 'Kashmir White'

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rbtkew
london
United Kingdom

May 27, 2009
6:45 PM

Post #6605298

Geranium cinerium subsp. subcaulescans

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rbtkew
london
United Kingdom

May 27, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6605328

Not a Geranium but Erodium petraeum. We have many hardy geraniums at Kew and a fine collection of species Pelagoniums. I hope you like the pictures

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ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 28, 2009
10:27 PM

Post #6610862

Those are beautiful!
I wish I could take a picture of mine. They have blooms and seem to be spreading? Do they self-germinate?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6611020

not usually mine have not self seeded but the plant is getting bigger with time a few inches per year and when it is done blooming I cut it back and it blooms again later in the summer
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2009
12:40 AM

Post #6611494

They are alot bigger than when I got them. I've got mine in pots though. I'm starting to think they need a bigger pot? I wish I could send a picture and you'd know better what I was talking about.
rbtkew
london
United Kingdom

May 29, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6614366

Most hardy geraniums divide easily; this is best done in spring. If you are growing them in pots they quickly become pot-bound.do you know species/variety they are?
ejennings
San Angelo, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2009
12:30 AM

Post #6623900

I got them in 4" pots at walgreens. So you think I should try dividing them pretty soon? I got them 04-03-09. They have doubled in size already. I think the species is x horterum? They're a coral color. Real pretty.
KathyJo
Fayette, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #6834256

Wow! These are beautiful... Thanks for sharing pictures..

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