Hi Ken. Thanks for the info. I would like to know, do you cover the box? How often do you ‘bottom’ water the cuttings?
Hi Jacqueline, I do not cover the box as the cuttings will rot off in too much humidity. I only water them once they are nearly dry as not to overwater. Ken
Thank you, I call it "pinching back". When you refer to 3 stops, does it mean you removed the growing tip each time it started to produce new shoots, taking off the new growth +1 set of mature lvs?
what do you mean by "stops" ?
Hi Sue Stopping a plant is when you remove the growing tips This builds the plant up and gives more flowers. Ken
Hello Ken, Am I too late to be taking 'Angel' cuttings in October. When are your best cuttings taken for flowering next year or 2 years time?
Hello Ken, could you please tell me how many weeks before a show I need to make my last stop and stop taking out buds. Thank you.
Kindest regards terry
I have just acquired Voodoo, Waanrode Jubilee, Lara Beth and Apricot all as young plants with flowers and buds but v leggy. Do I cut off the flowering shoots now in hope they bush out or do I wait?
Hi Ann the best thing to do is to cut plants back by half or more if need be this will bush them out. will delay flowering but plants will be a better shape, email if u need more help Ken
Hi Ken. I live in the southern hemisphere and days get hot here. I try t do my propagating in house. Can I propagate from a flowering plant? Because they keep dying and I don't know if it's the heat
I have an issue with pelargoniums that seem to be all flowering branches, and very little non-flowering shoots to use for propagation. Regals and one unique. Any suggestions? Many thanks!
Hi Deborah once branches have finished flowering try cutting back to 2-3 sets of leaves and use the fresh new growth as cuttings. If you need anymore help email by link on site. Ken
Hi Ken I have a batch of zonal pelargoniums coming from Fibrex, what would you advise, could I stand them on gravel or on a capillary bench. Thank you for the advice you have already given me.
I would like to know how long before a show should I stop removing flower buds on a stellar geranium so it is at its best on show day?
Thanks for that. Show is on August 5th so I will stop removing flower buds about 6 weeks before just to be on the safe side. I have a few plants so I will do a couple sooner and a couple later.
Hi depends when show is June 6-8weeks if removing all flowering stems, August it could be 2-4 weeks. Where you live & weather plays a big part, because of the dull days I am struggling this year. Ken
Please could you tell what rooting compost you use, thank you .
Hi Gordon, The rooting mix I use is Coir with 50% medium grade Vermiculite added. Ken
Just the information I am looking for, Great .
Thank you for the information Ken ,much appreciated,it’s apleasure just looking at your website, what advice for potting up compost.
Glad that you find my website helpful. Ken
Very informative. Thank you very much
Thank you. Very informative. I appreciate your knowledge...
Thank you Ken, for a clear explanation. I now know where I have been going wrong.
Your stopping method has produced beautiful plants. Like bonzai
My regal pelargoniums (from cuttings last year) have buds but they're puny. Should I sacrifice these now in hopeful expectation of more robust buds later or might this be as good as it gets? Thanks.
thank you for the very useful information.
Great information - thank you. If I take regal pelargonium cuttings now will they flower this year?
I bought a regal Pelargonium for the first time last year and with no knowledge of what I am doing I managed a few cuttings and now have some idea what to do with them.
I am forced to acquire my Pellies from the local Hardware store but when I get a goodie exactly when should I take cuttings here in Australia. Is it temp. or time that dictates.
Cuttings are watered when dry by standing in a saucer until sufficiently wet. I chose not to spray them while rooting for fear of them rotting off. Ken
GREAT PICS AND INFO
NO MENTION OF WATERING OR SPRAYING DURING ROOTING?
Has your 'Hot box' a soil warming cable? I want to make a small one - the ordinary seed tray size!
First class information
very helpful. shall I do stops to very young plants? I have one which was seeded last autum. shall I do stops?
Very instructive, I did not realize that you could stop this family of plants, I knew you did this with Fusxhia's, can't wait to try it. Thank you
Hi Lillian I never use rooting powder on any Pelargonium cuttings and that includes Regals, in my experiences I find that rots more than it helps root.
When taking Regal cuttings you don't mention the use of any rooting powder/gel; is that correct?
Ian That would depend on what you intend to show such as Regal, Angel, Scented Leaf, as stopping dates vary for each group. Email me if you want for info. Ken
A super site . I would like to enter a geranium in this years local show - 4th August. It is a zonal type. Can you suggest the penaultimate stopping date? Tx
When would be my last stop on geraniums for them to flower in full for june 22nd
such great pelargoniums along with informative helpful site
everything I need to know about growing my favourite plants to perfection.This is one of the most helpful sites I have visited,Many thanks.
Looking for more sources in US. Also interested in trades.
these flowers and plants are beautiful!!!
Enjoyed your website and advice. I'm in the US and have been raising pelargoniums for a few years. Limited sources in US
Monty, I have found a couple of sites - Goodwin Creeks, Accents Home & Garden & Sunset Color Nursery. Sunset is now working on be able to ship outside Calif.
Monty, have you found a source for pelargoniums like this in the US?
A very interesting website with beautiful pictures of pelargoniums.
Also it is good to find the dates of forthcoming shows all over the counrty
Meg from Australia here,have been a grower for 20+ years but have learnt better ways from this page, stopping will be a number one priority now!
depending on which state you live in ,I suggest you look up South Australian Pelargonium website,a lots of links etc on there,I am in far away Western Aus
Meg- Just starting in Australia. Would like some advice, etc from someone with your years of experience of growing in Australia.
I've been hoping to find such an informative website. I've never seen professional-level competition pelargoniums. I now have something to aspire to. Thank you.
This is a wonderful insight in to how show standard plants are produced. I note that 'three' stops are mentioned, but can there be more from start to finish?
As a guide In a yearly cycle one would normally be looking at 4 stops.