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Blog entry by jroot posted 04-20-2011 11:21 PM 5170 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I am hoping that I am not too late to consider this, but …. I’m looking for your collective opinion. It is now April 20th, and our frost free date is June 1st. I have over 100 geranium ( pelargonium ) which are potted up and blooming under florescent lamps.

Many of the plants are in full bloom, but are getting too “leggy” due to the artificial light. I am thinking that I should be cutting them back to about 4 inches in height.

My question is, is it too late to do so?

Where would be the best place to make the cut? Above a leaf node?

Is it too late to start more cuttings with what I cut off? I am really kind of cramped for space, as I have about a hundred dahlias coming along now, and a few hundred annual seedlings as well.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-21-2011 12:18 AM

as expected I have no wisdom to share with you and I wasn’t going to post a comment until you mentioned “100 dahlias”—I have about a dozen and am out of places to put them. How on earth do you find room for the geraniums and dahlias?
Once again I am in awe of your gardening skills

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 04-21-2011 12:24 AM

I got it all figured out for you.Just bring all your dahlias over to me and you will have plenty of room for more geraniums.(LOL)
Seriously though; I don’t know how to cut back a geranium to to stop the legginess.Guess we will have to wait for Iris to tell us. :-) (VBG)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 04-21-2011 01:28 AM

I eagerly await! :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 04-21-2011 02:45 AM

Ok, ok. Here I am…. <|:)

I consultated with my expert….Wyndyacre. And she said>>>>>>

Yes, you can prune your geraniums now…it’s not too late….just as you would prune anything, close, above a leaf node. And, if you need more plants, pot the cuttings up.

I think Bon has an excellent suggestion to relieve your crowding problem. Maybe after you send her a nice sellection of Dahlias, you could prepare another pkg of them to send to me. :) If you prefer to keep the dahlias, I’d be happy with some pink geraniums. :) LOL

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 04-21-2011 03:05 AM

LOL !

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-21-2011 04:05 AM

of course we do have a GT picnic coming in June … maybe those “extras” could make their way here to share :D :D :D
oh we are all so helpful, aren’t we! Thanks for the idea Bon ahaha

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 04-21-2011 09:40 AM

Jroot I am amazed to see how you manage with such a large number of plants. May be the idea is to choose the best among them. Bon, Iris and Debbie have of course a better solution to relieve the crowding . How I wish I was located nearby. I am not an expert but prune the plants as suggested but leave a few to see what happens to them and collect your own data.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

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posted 04-21-2011 03:09 PM

Exactly, Sharad. Remember the poem,

Choose the best
And compost the rest.

I hope that I can get off work for the gathering in June.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-21-2011 03:27 PM

crossing my fingers for you!!! and toes, if that helps.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Weedwacker

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posted 04-22-2011 06:04 PM

Just curious Jroot, where do you have these plants? It looks like they are on a shelf inside your office. The background does look like a greenhouse area.

-- Margaret, Eagle Creek, Oregon. A garden is never finished.

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jroot

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posted 04-22-2011 06:25 PM

These ones, are in a small room with my computer and desk. They are under florescent lamps with lots of mirrors which were left over from when we constructed the house. Others are in the “plant room” where there are 5 banks of 4 foot florescent lamps. Others still are in the furnace room where there are 3 more banks of 4 foot florescent lamps. My hydro bill will be high this month.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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