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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 11, 2016 6:31 AM CST
I have this robust Pelargoniun I overwintered in the basement pump room. It has come back to life nicely. However, I don't like its shape. I would like to divide it up. I as thinking of just using a sharp knife and slicing down at the base at each point I want to separate

Anyone want to offer suggestions? Should I wait until it has leafed out more? Do I need to treat the cuts? Should I use rooting hormone?

I like the plant. But will not be devastated if it does not survive surgery.

Thanks in advance
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Mar 11, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Pelargoniums root very easily from cuttings, if you take 3-4 inch cuttings just above a leaf joint. Cut off all except the top 3 leaves and cut off the stipules (the little leaf-like things at the base of each leaf stalk). Then simply pot up. You might take some cuttings just in case your 'surgery' proves fatal! Smiling
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 11, 2016 10:41 AM CST
Thank you Mika. So should I wait until fully leafed out?
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Mar 11, 2016 10:53 AM CST
From the photo it looks as though the leaves are still very young, so you might wait until they're a bit bigger. I like the shape of your mother plant (and it looks nice and healthy) so I would let it fill out before deciding to chop it up (I suspect it would survive the surgery, they're pretty robust). Even if you keep it as it is you would be able to take lots of cuttings from it.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 18, 2016 3:36 PM CST
I sliced and diced last weekend. None of the divisions looks like they were disturbed at all!!


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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Mar 19, 2016 12:35 AM CST
Nice job! Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Apr 4, 2016 12:18 PM CST
Hey Jennifer, just wanted to ask how your pelargonium cuttings were doing? They certainly looked robust and healthy in mid March. Smiling
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 4, 2016 2:12 PM CST
They all look awesome! Never did any of show any sign of going downhill in the least. I'll try to remember to take a pic tonight.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Apr 4, 2016 2:13 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 5, 2016 5:26 AM CST
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The best one, the worst one. The other three are the last one. I was not gentle when I divided this either! Those two little leaves at the base of the last one are just a pair that fell off in handling. I left them and they seem perfectly happy.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Apr 5, 2016 6:05 AM CST
They all look great - just think what it would have cost you to buy that many plants! Thumbs up
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Apr 5, 2016 6:27 AM CST
I know, they are not cheap! I used to go around in the fall and collect all of them that people put out with their trash. But I stopped last year because it all just got to be too much. I only kept two this past winter. I probably will keep a few more the coming winter.

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