Geranium incanum

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David Dickinson

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Geranium incanum
« on: May 27, 2017, 01:20:26 PM »

As far as I can see this plant has only been mentioned once on the forum, by Caroline October 02, 2015, in "Plant of the Day". I was really taken with the foliage and got a visitor to bring one over from the UK last summer. It produced 4 (I recall) flowers and then died right back having never really grown much. The extremely cold winter finished it off completely. I brought one back myself a month ago and it is already dead. Caroline notes that it is very resilient where she is.

Evidently one of the flowers from last year must have produced seed. A seedling has sprung up in a vase which contains a frost-victim succulent. So now I have a dilemma. Is it that Geranium incanum doesn't like root disturbance? Or being moved? For the moment I am going to leave it where it is and simply cut the Crassula ovata down to ground level. But any advice on where I have gone wrong to date would be gratefully received.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

Caroline

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Re: Geranium incanum
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2017, 11:46:09 PM »
Hi David

I will describe my experience to see if it is of any help.  First, I don't think root disturbance is a worry (although I can understand why you would treat your surviving seedling with caution).  I moved a similar seedling - they pop up often -this autumn, and it seems to be doing fine. My original plant of Geranium incanum was looking very sad by the end of the summer (dry spring, wet late summer).  It had a thatch of dead leaves and I thought it was on the way out.  But I trimmed it back heftily, and it is now looking delightful, fresh green foliage and a few flowers. 

I can't comment on the cold, as we might have one degree of frost once or twice in winter. I am right by the sea, which helps.   :)

Cheers

Caroline
I am establishing a garden on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes out of Auckland. The site is windy, the clay soil dries out quickly in summer and is like plasticine in winter, but it is still very rewarding. Water is an issue, as we depend on tanks. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas. Caroline

David Dickinson

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2017, 09:38:40 AM »
Hi Caroline,

Only just seen this reply so a very belated thank you. The foliage on mine is getting a bit burnt occasionally but with a bit of water it comes back. I am scared of overwatering it. I hope it produces flowers and hence seeds soon. Then next year I can dot them around in different places and see where it is best to grow then. This particular seedling popped up in the hottest (afternoon full sun) spot. Fingers crossed :-\
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

David Dickinson

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2017, 02:30:25 AM »
If anybody reads this can you send a reply to the forum and to my personal email please. Every time I log on and go to "unread messages" I am told there are no unread messages. Has nobody posted anything at all in the last week - 10 days? :(
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Fleur Pavlidis

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2017, 11:54:43 AM »
David, I hope this problem has now been solved. Recent Unread topics has been moved to the main menu across the page rather than being squashed up and hard to get to under the member's name. Today I have found it is working so fingers crossed. Once Jon Watts has finished the new design, which should be soon we'll ask members of the Forum to get used to it and then inform us of any anomalies.
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