The Q&A Archives: Indoor Geraniums

Question: I have some geraniums that I've kept inside for about 3 years. They are now woody stem with little tufts of green on top. I would like them to be mre full should I cut them back? They still bloom on occasion just not that big or that many. I want them to look fuller and bloom more. I wasn't sure if cutting back was the answer. I keep them out all winter in a flower box inside and they seem to be doing well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: Geraniums are actually shrubby and grow woodier with age although we usually grow them as smaller houseplants. Cutting them back will help force new growth. To keep them small and vigorous, and as an insurance policy, you might want to save some of the trimmings to make four to six inch long tip cuttings and root those. With careful pinching you can grow some nicely branched young and vigorous plants to replace the now woody originals -- although "clone" would maybe be a better word than replace.

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