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Geranium/pelargonium seedling question

cooper8828
6 months ago

I have some geraniums I started from seed about six weeks ago. I will plant them outside in about two more weeks. One is forming a bloom already. Should I snip that off to encourage the plant to grow bigger before transplanting? Thanks!

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  • cooper8828
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Thanks! I have started them inside and have started hardening them off. April 15th is my average date of last frost so will plant outside after that date.


    I do have several and will experiment!

  • beesneeds
    6 months ago

    Are you growing geraniums or pelargoniums? If geraniums, it's usually better to wait to cut back flowers after the first flush. If it's pelargoniums, those can be pinched back pretty much anytime to encourage new blooms/growth.

    I grow scented pelargoniums, and they sure can take some abuse. I've started cuttings for the garden off the same couple mother plants I overwinter for years. I don't have any geraniums in my gardens yet.

    Regardless of what you have, you will indeed need a couple weeks hardening off before planting out like ken has said.

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  • cooper8828
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Pelargoniums.


    Daytime temps have been good, so they have been sitting out in full sun already about eight hours a day.

  • beesneeds
    6 months ago
    last modified: 6 months ago

    Pelargoniums and you have already been hardening them off? I would say you are safe to pluck that first bud to help encourage further growth.



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  • cooper8828
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Thanks!

  • JoJo (Nevada 9A)
    6 months ago

    Definitely remove the early buds, let them produce more green growth, so they are fuller before they start blooming. I used to grow them from seed -- they grow so fast, and even the tiniest seedlings want to bloom immediately! They don't know what's good for them 😉

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  • cooper8828
    Original Author
    6 months ago

    Thanks JoJo! I've never grown them from seed before so good to know!

  • JoJo (Nevada 9A)
    6 months ago

    I did it out of necessity -- I lived in a very humid climate at the time and my pelargonium was half-dead most of the summer with all kinds of fungal issues. I finally decided to grow more resistant hybrids at home and that was a huge improvement over the usual nursery plants.

    Needless to say, I don't have this issue anymore... But it was a lot of fun to watch them grow.

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