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May 17, 2020 7:07 AM CST
Hello, I bought this plant at school about 6 months ago so I am unaware what it is. It did at one point develop some small purple flowers. Lately I have noticed the leaves are turning yellow , with a reddish tint around the edges. I keep the plant on a sunny windowsil and water when the soil has dried out, which is usually about twice a week. If anyone could give me any advice about how to help my plant, or what it is, I would greatly appreciate it.
Many thanks
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Name: Rj
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May 17, 2020 8:55 AM CST
Welcome to the site!

Looks like it could be a: Geranium macrorrhizum
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May 17, 2020 8:58 AM CST


Does your pot have drainage holes? It really would be happier outside, planted in a larger pot or in the ground where it could thrive.
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May 17, 2020 12:40 PM CST
Thank you so much! I had a feeling it was a geranium after looking into it but I'd only seen geraniums with the more rounder leaf shape so it confused me. Geranium macrorrhizum does seem to be what my plant is.
There is a drainage hole but it is very tiny (1/4 inch). I am more of a houseplant person than an outdoor gardener so if possible I'd prefer to keep it inside, but I will definitely look for a bigger pot with better drainage. How much bigger would you recommend?
Thanks again
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May 17, 2020 12:53 PM CST
Here's our database entry for Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum) where you can see other member photos and find growing information.
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