Pruning Geraniums - Knowledgebase Question

Riverside, CA
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Question by vlschlone
May 2, 1998
I have Martha Washington geraniums. They are now coming to bloom after the winter. They seem to have spread out and are long and spindly. Not full and thick like they once were. Can they be cut back to contain them and to come back fuller and stronger? If so how?

Answer from NGA
May 2, 1998
You can pinch back your geraniums to encourage new stems to grow. It's easier on the plant if you keep it compact with regular pinching, rather than taking drastic measures to get it back into shape. Just pinch each stem back to a node, where you want new growth to appear. You'll be able to identify the nodes (swollen areas on the stems). Pinch back to just above a node to force growth at the node. Don't allow your plant to become leggy over the fall and winter months; keep it well groomed all year by pinching it back.

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