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Geranium very 'leggy'.

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SpongeBobJudgeyPants Wed 24-May-17 22:25:11

My geraniums have all been fine, apart from one that is very tall and leggy, rather than the fat bushy specimen I would like! What should I be doing to it please? TIA.

elephantoverthehill Wed 24-May-17 22:32:04

Are they geraniums or pelargoniums? Can you do a photo? If they are pelargoniums you can cut them down and they will bush. Also what you cut off you can cut into sections with an angular cut and stick them in compost and they should make new plants.

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Thu 25-May-17 06:52:51

And if they are perennial geraniums you can also chop them back.

In fact it's called the Chelsea Chop because you do it about now, and many summer to autumn flowering perennials can be cut back by half to encourage more flowering and sturdier, bushier growth without the need for staking.

GinGeum Thu 25-May-17 07:10:18

JeNe I'm wondering if I should do the Chelsea Chop on some of my geraniums. They were planted last autumn as little plants pinched from MIL's garden, and have thrown up a few flowers already. I'd rather they concentrate on thickening out their leaf growth this year though. Would the Chelsea Chop help with that?

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Thu 25-May-17 14:47:51

I think they are geraniums, but my techno-numptiness will not let me do a photo. So, this Chelsea Chop of which you speak...do you mean I just chop it off <whimpers pathetically> Thanks everyone.

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Thu 25-May-17 14:49:01

They are perennial btw.

elephantoverthehill Thu 25-May-17 16:15:27

I can't believe I wrote 'do a photo' [Grin]. In my defence it was quite late last night. Most of my geraniums are the ground cover type so this has never happened to me. This year I do have a taller growing variety which have only just started flowering but when they go over I will give the Chelsea chop a go.

HumphreyCobblers Thu 25-May-17 16:17:11

yes, chop it off about three or four inches from the ground

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Thu 25-May-17 22:55:08

Thanks all.

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Thu 25-May-17 23:59:28

GinGeum yes. Mine are starting to throw up a few flowers and I need to chop the whole plant back.

Be ruthless! You'll have a drastic reduction on leaves initially but it will be worth it.

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