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GEUM care and end of season cut-back

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by nightofjoy, May 15, 2019 at 4:49 PM.

  1. nightofjoy

    nightofjoy Gardener

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    Hi.

    We bought a large Geum plant a few weeks ago, and where we've put it, it's really taken off and looks great, so this afternoon we went and got another two.

    I'm just wondering if there are any regular Guem growers out there who can tell me how far down to deadhead the spent flowers, later in the summer when some start to fade? All our other flowers are quite small and can be pinched off, but the Geum is super-leggy.

    And then how far to cut it back altogether, end season, ready for winter.

    Thanks.
     
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    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    Can you tell us the variety ?
    Always, if you can, deadhead flowers but no need to cut foliage down.
    You can lift and divide after flowering.....no need to buy more of the same variety:)
     
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      Hi.

      Yep, we have Tangerine, Lady Stratheden, and what I suspect is Mrs Bradshaw.

      So deadhead them right back to the shoot? 2 - 3 feet in some cases.

      I could only find one article about cutting back and it said take it right down to the ground in the autumn.
       
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      Totally Tangerine, the best of the geums I think, is evergreen here and semi evergreen in many places.
      Regular dead heading....eventually cutting the entire flower stalks down during the summer...will encourage further flowering.
      I have several large geums now from one original plant......if you divide geums in late summer and pot them up, or plant out, you will have good size plants the following year. :)
       
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