Asked on Jun 11, 2015

Transplanting geraniums

by Sharon
I am making a flower bed and want to transplant my geraniums that are in a large pot. I want to separate them. They are very large and are approximately 8 years old. How do I separate them?
transplanting geraniums
  10 answers
  • I wish my geraniums lasted 8 years! Take it out of the container and gently shake off some of the dirt. Look for a place to pull apart the plant and separate. Most likely from being in a pot, you will have to divide the plant by making one or two swift cuts with a sharp shovel. Aim carefully so you don't just hack off a piece without good roots. If the bed is already amended, just put a handful of mushroom compost in the bottom of the planting hole. If your soil is poor, a good rule of thumb is to use 1/3 existing soil. 1/3 compost such as mushroom compost, 1/3 soil conditioner and mix all together. Plant, firm, water in well..
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 11, 2015
      I have a second one this size as well. My mom has repotted them for me numerous times. I have a black thumb so hope I can do this. Thanks for your reply.
  • Theresa Brown Theresa Brown on Jun 11, 2015
    If there are multiple plants in the pot, you should be able to cut straight down through the soil/roots dividing equally. Add water to the hole, place in plant and add soil. They may need some extra water while they are getting established.
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 11, 2015
      Thank you, I hope I can do this, going to try tomorrow.
  • Kathy C Kathy C on Jun 12, 2015
    I agree with Theresa - do that, but I wouldn't be able to resist taking some cuttings as well to make more geraniums. Cut just below a joint, remove the flowers and buds, sticky into gritty compost in a pot, water and leave in a light place but out of direct sunlight. when they start growing on in a few weeks you know they will have rooted. Prick out and pot on for more and more geraniums!
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 12, 2015
      @Kathy C great idea - like that I can possibly get more,
  • Leslieb127 Leslieb127 on Jun 12, 2015
    All great answers from everyone. Geraniums are generally very hardy, but in case you notice any wilting after separating and transplanting remove some excess leaves and/or flowers, as they take lots of energy for the plant to maintain - energy that the plant needs to make more roots. Usually you would want to transplant and/or separate when the plant is not blooming. But geraniums do form new roots readily and quickly, so you should be ok.
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 12, 2015
      @Leslieb127 thank you Leslie - I need all the tips I can get. I hope they will winter well, as they've always been in a pot and moved indoors.
  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 12, 2015
    Well, I transplanted the geraniums to my flower garden and then found out I'll have to dig them up in the fall....yikes wasn't aware of that, feel I wasted my day....but they look good.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 13, 2015
    Don't worry about that; just cut it off, leaving about 3" of the plant . Put the cut off stuff in water; taking off 2-3 bottom leaves and put them in the basement till roots show then pot up for next year. Put in a window in the basement. Pot up original plant and put it in the basement with the others. These plants need a rest, but as long as they have light and u water them ,they will grow and next year u will have lots.Don't fertilize till March.
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 13, 2015
      @Anne fenske oh thank you they are 8 yrs old and always been in pots but I was looking for a way to fill my new flower bed without spending much. Your way will give me more, thanks for taking the time to teach me.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 13, 2015
    Your welcome. My father in law never bought geraniums , as he did this. Glad to help. If U want more colors go to gardeners and ask for their old ones in white or variegated. They chuck them when season is over. Good way to get a variety for next year.
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 13, 2015
      @Anne fenske Great idea, would never have thought of that.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 13, 2015
    Hi ,didn't read it all; missed the 8 yr old thing. The plant is probably very large, maybe could be split in three. One tip ; don't overwater the resting plants Start to water more and feed when you want them to start progressing. They have to be hardened off like all plants. They can take cooler temps if you keep them in the basement.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 13, 2015
    Good time to plan for next year what you want to plant in different areas .Peruse the greenhouses and if you like something in the daisy family then buy 1 as a feature and let it go to seed in fall and u will have lots of seeds for next year. Keep in a dry place. Envelopes work well and you can put info on color ,plus ideas you might not remember in spring and soak seeds on paper towel for 1 day before planting. Big yield then.
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 13, 2015
      @Anne fenske you are a wealth of plant knowledge - thanks so much for letting me know.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 14, 2015
    Your welcome. I get my plant stuff from old age and my daughter. I won't say how old she is cause she'd say "mom!!" Back in my time we all had gardens, but i'm still learning ,too.Nice talking to you, glad to help.