Flowers, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. And just like our fellow human companions, they have different needs from variety to variety. Pruning is one need that varies across flowering plants, and knowing exactly how to treat Geranium Rozanne® will help ensure that she reaches her full potential, and most effectively maintains the look of your lush garden areas.
Geranium Rozanne is pretty low maintenance when it comes to pruning. This hardy perennial does, however, enjoy some TLC at certain times of the year. For easy reference, here are a few of the times when Rozanne likes to receive a little seasonal pruning.
Here’s our Guide to Seasonal Pruning of Geranium Rozanne:
Spring Perennial Pruning
As Geranium Rozanne wakes from her winter slumber, cut back dead foliage to about 7 cm (3 inches), carefully trimming around new green shoots that are beginning to push their way upward through the soil. She’s prone to sprawling and will spread her love across the landscape like a low-flowering shrub, making for great groundcover.
Simply let her go. As Geranium Rozanne spreads and grows, you may wish to trim her edges back away from walkways or high traffic areas, or prevent her encroaching on other plants. But for the most part, you can just sit back and watch the magic happen!
With adequate water and even minimal sun, Geranium Rozanne will grow and bloom like wildfire all summer. Continue trimming back from areas you want to restrict her from, such as paths, walkways and other plants.
Autumn Perennial Pruning
When the trees begin to change colour and the cooler nights bring the promise of winter, Rozanne can be energised with a little touch-up trimming to keep her looking fresh before the true winter sets in. However, pruning is not absolutely necessary – you can choose to do so or not.
Her sprawling foliage will begin to fade around the edges, but don’t worry, Rozanne is still alive. If you want to give her a little tidy-up, simply work your way around the the plant cleaning up around the edges and encouraging fresh growth.
Winter Perennial Pruning
Do not cut Geranium Rozanne back to the ground. Her foliage becomes a blanket to cover and protect her through the winter months. Rozanne will hide quietly away and emerge victorious when the frost is gone and the spring greets us once more.