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Danielleob
May 20, 2020 4:54 AM CST
I planted Geranium Rozanne last year in zone 5 Massachusetts and it had a great season. It was in the sun, bloomed well, spread, etc. Now all my perennials are coming back and budding but there is no sign of it coming back...no stems even. I did prune in early spring and probably a little in late fall. Does this flower take a while to sprout? Or did it not make it due to pruning or dry winter?
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BigBill
May 20, 2020 6:22 AM CST
I am wondering if you really had the perennial plant.
I did a little research just so I could see what a Rozanne geranium was. My research said it was a Cranesbill geranium. BUT it said that this plant was easily confused with another similar plant that was an annual. Do you think that this might have happened?
I am sure that it would survive in your USDA zone so that is not the issue. I have it and it comes up every year here.
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SunnyBorders
May 20, 2020 8:38 AM CST
True there's confusion on-line about the term geranium (pelargonium versus geranium), but 'Rozanne' does belong to Genus Geranium.

My one is in a sunny location and today, with leaves, is about an inch high. Have planted and maintained a number of them and here, at least, they're very hardy. I always cut perennials, like Rozanne, down in the fall. I wouldn't prune summer (and into the fall) blooming perennials, like Rozanne, in spring.
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central ohio (Zone 5b)
PlantingOaks
May 20, 2020 9:03 AM CST
I do not grow rozanne, but I do grow several other species of hardy geranium, and they are all up and going by now. Some for quite some time. I think yours may be gone.

Come to think of it, I think I remember that I did grow Rozanne at some point in the past, but since it's not here anymore, I assume mine must have died too? It's a popular plant, so I wouldn't think it would be finicky. When something disappears mysteriously for me, I always assume it either rotted, froze, or some critter ate the roots.

When you say you pruned in spring, you mean cut back dead stems? That might make it smaller, but I doubt it would kill it.

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