Geraniums and Pelargoniums forum: Want to learn about the different kinds of pelargoniums

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 23, 2014 8:37 AM CST
I bought this on impulse , thinking I could propagate it to fill a basket.
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I have been protecting this one in the garage all winter. So I see it has longer stems, not like my impulse buy.

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So now I realize there are lots of different kinds.
Is there an easy to read description of the different kinds? And is my "impulse buy" possible to propagate? Sorry I have no names...new to this, even didn't know it had a different name than begonia... *Blush*

Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 23, 2014 9:18 AM CST
Um correct me if I'm wrong, but pelargoniums and begonias are in two difference families of plants. Geraniaceae and Begoniaceae. How can they be related?
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Mar 23, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Now you see how much I don't know! I thought begonia was in the pelargonium family from another thread I read. So I posted this in the wrong forum?
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 23, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Sorry! *Blush* *Blush* *Blush*
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 23, 2014 9:46 AM CST
Lol .. you had me going there for a minute .. don't be sorry .. that's what we're all here for to learn, teach and compare notes!
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 23, 2014 9:56 AM CST
I agree
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Apr 6, 2014 11:00 PM CST

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Your first one is a Rex begonia, they are often tricky to grow, here is a good site with description and care info:
http://www.bradsbegoniaworld.com/rex.htm

The second one is a cane begonia, easier to grow and propagate:
http://www.bradsbegoniaworld.com/canes.htm
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Apr 7, 2014 9:52 PM CST
Oh thankyou!!!!

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