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Q.I Have A Geranium That Has Grown Up Rather Than Out And Is Now Looking Like A Skinny Tree.

Zone Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1C9 | Anonymous added on February 4, 2021 | Answered

This was originally a small plant with an unusual multi-pink coloured flower and unusual leaves (orange/yellow/on the back). It was planted outside probably about five or six years ago and did well through the summer. Because it was so unusual, I brought it in for the winter (I live in Toronto in Canada). I cut it back and it flourished and I ended up keeping it indoors year-round. The leaves lost their multi-colouring right away and when it bloomed again, the flowers were a beautiful pale pink (not the multi-pink they’d been). I didn’t cut it back as often as I should have and it got out of hand with many hard stems growing in all directions. Cutting it back didn’t help much. Last October, I cut it back again getting rid of all the stems except one but it has just continued to grow straight up with only a bit of new growth quite high up on the stem. It’s a wonderful plant (as you can see in the photo, it’s blooming in February in Toronto!) but I can’t just let it keep growing up until it hits the ceiling. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Answered on February 5, 2021

The lower stem has gotten woody, so the best thing to do is cut it back by one third and root the cuttings for new plants. As they grow, you should pinch them back (see the article attached), which will keep them bushy.
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