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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 23, 2021 7:34 PM CST
LorettaNJ said:I did run over to Well Sweep today. They had two Crocodiles left and both reverted, so that source is out.


I just noticed that Well Sweep does not sell live plants to CA.
( Also AZ, OR and WA.)
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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LorettaNJ
Jul 23, 2021 9:44 PM CST
Vicky, you mentioned that you only do Miracle Gro every couple of weeks but I think I did mine once a week when I was successful or whatever was on the label. Now Miracle Gro has Bloom Booster and that seems to work well. I always go lower strength to test out whether or not something is going to get burned.
Evelyn, I can understand that Well Sweep doesn't ship to California. They are a farm and have a lot of things outside so it would be hard to keep up with California's regulations. There is Pepper's Greenhouse also called Accents for Home and Garden. I am going to try them because they have something else I wanted too but couldn't find. (Limelight salvia). Foolish to order it this time of year but...
Name: Bea
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bumplbea
Jul 24, 2021 8:05 PM CST
@LorettaNJโ€ฆ. Of course it seems odd to order in July but if this plant will bring joy and make your heart sing that's all that mattersโ€ฆ Lovey dubby Rolling on the floor laughing

Just to put things in perspectiveโ€ฆ " I would go on trips to plant sales with the truck and horse trailer in tow".
Just a little obsessive..๐Ÿคฉ
Iโ€™m so busy... โ€œI donโ€™t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.โ€
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LorettaNJ
Jul 24, 2021 8:31 PM CST
Haha! It is a good thing I don't have a horse trailer!
And I buy a lot of plants in July. There are a few businesses that already start marking down to get ready for fall. I usually fill up my containers in July.
Name: Steven
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
sw_gardener
Jul 25, 2021 3:45 AM CST
I think it's okay to buy plants regardless of the season. Especially if it's a nice Geranium you're going to be overwintering indoors Whistling
The neighbor's lawn is always nicer.
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Jul 25, 2021 2:14 PM CST
Well now I have to.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 25, 2021 3:59 PM CST
This is how it goes for me with these flippin' Geraniums (Pelargoniums.) I buy great looking plants but...
they do not like it here or there, they do not like it anywhere.
Not in a pot, not in the flower lot, not in the shade, not in the sun, they're just no fun.
I put them in a pot, but like that? They do not.
Put in the ground, the leaves turn crispy brown.
I tried to water less, I tried to water more, but they're just not happy anymore.
I love the pretty flowers, be they red or pink, but it's obvious they hate me I think.
Tried while they were strutting to get a cutting but it dried and died, or rotted and died, everything I tried.
I give up now and will buy no more... until they steal my heart again at the flippin store!
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 25, 2021 4:02 PM CST
So says Tiffany Seuss! lol I enjoyed the read.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 25, 2021 4:06 PM CST
Thanks! I figured it was more interesting that way, the truth, every word.
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Jul 25, 2021 6:44 PM CST
So true! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Steven
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
sw_gardener
Jul 25, 2021 9:18 PM CST
Hilarious! Best poem I've read in a long time Hilarious!
The neighbor's lawn is always nicer.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 26, 2021 7:21 AM CST
Thank you!
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 26, 2021 11:03 PM CST
sw_gardener said: Hilarious! Best poem I've read in a long time Hilarious!


Yes, Tiffany Suess! Just awesome!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Jul 27, 2021 12:43 AM CST
Yes Tiff, it just needs a title now.
Name: Bea
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bumplbea
Jul 27, 2021 2:47 AM CST
I take a stab at naming the poemโ€ฆ. The saga of .. "Tiffany's romance with geraniums. '"

Next? I'm all ears! .
Iโ€™m so busy... โ€œI donโ€™t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.โ€
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 27, 2021 7:34 AM CST
Thank you! At least we can laugh @ the Geraniums if they won't do right. Bea, that's perfect!
๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ - SMILE! -โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜ปโ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒโˆžโ˜ฏ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿพ
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
๐Ÿ‘’๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿก๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿโฆโง ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฝโ€โ˜€๐ŸŒบ
โ˜•๐Ÿ‘“ The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Sammy
Mid Missouri (Zone 6a)
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eber1140
Aug 1, 2021 12:49 PM CST
It was interesting for me to see that other people have problems with geraniums (pelargoniums) too. A few years ago I bought a new geranium called Calliope red with larger flower heads and decided to replace my older red geraniums I kept from year to year. I have a very large strawberry jar that holds eight plants on the sides and a couple in the top. It makes a container about three feet tall completely covered with geraniums on my patio. I keep it in the greenhouse over winter and it looks very sorry in January. The first nice day in February I move it outside and prune it back severely and put it back in the greenhouse where it gets maximum light. I water it when it is dry with dilute MiracleGro bloom booster and it looks gorgeous when I am able to put it outside. After a month though it starts to grow out and takes a break from blooming. I even prune it a bit and now it is starting to get a new flush of blooms. I see gorgeous geraniums on porches that look pretty all summer. I am starting to think some of them may be plastic.

This spring I bought two new geraniums at the nursery, a red called 'Calliope Medium Crimson Flame' and 'Calliope Large Salmon'. They were both very dense and covered with flowers. I found information online for growers telling them when to apply plant growth regulators to Calliope geraniums and how to fertilize them. I have concluded that most of the plants we buy in the spring have been treated with plant growth regulators. My Calliope geraniums are not growing as compact as they were originally.

This is the Calliope Crimson Flame now. It had twice as many flowers when I bought it.

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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 1, 2021 1:03 PM CST
I am thinking that the growth regulators are necessary in order to sell the plants in small pots. I imagine that they could get pot-bound very quickly.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Aug 1, 2021 1:36 PM CST
When I was in Germany, quite a few years ago, everyone had window boxes. They all grew geraniums and they were all in bloom every where. I can't remember what types but it could have been both the regular and the ivy type.
Not just geraniums but very often, I buy plants and the flowers abort shortly after I get home. The few geraniums I have now, I buy for the leaves.
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Name: Steven
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
sw_gardener
Aug 1, 2021 10:31 PM CST
Those Calliope Geraniums are lovely! I haven't seen them here yet but I was just reading about them the other day. They're part of a new class of interspecific hybrids between Ivy and Zonal types.

I think the Balcon series of Ivy Geraniums is very popular in Europe. It's an old standby series and is usually pretty reliable. The modern ivy types never do well for me.
The neighbor's lawn is always nicer.

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