Pruning a cranesbill plant simply requires trimming back spent flowers, eliminating any dead leaves and then chopping back one-third of the plant. Prune a cranesbill to encourage new growth with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing plants.
Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we are going to talk about how to prune a cranesbill. Now cranesbill is just a hearty geranium, and it can go down to zone four. So even if you live in a colder climate it is a wonderful choice, because you can either leave it in a container, but you want to make sure that container stays on the dry side in the winter time, because they can still rot out. Or you can put them right into the ground as long as there is good drainage they are going to come back for years to come. Now just like other geraniums they will bloom, and then they kind of look ratty, and then sometimes you will get some yellow leaves so it is really easy to prune them. So when you are pruning a cranesbill or any kind of geranium you want to, but my rule of thumb is trim it back one third at a time. And so you just want to trim out any of the spent flowers or anything that does not look really good, and you want to cut it back to the point where it is meeting the other stem. So wherever there is a Y you want to cut right into there. Now periodically too if it is dried out a little bit you might get some yellow foliage. And even if it looks really ratty all the way through, you have left town and not watered it for three weeks, trim it all the way back down. Try not to the bottom, but as long as you leave some leaves or some type of growth where it can grow where the Vs are or the Ys it will grow new growth. So just keep trimming it back whenever you want, and you can do it anytime of the year. As long as they've got some growth on it trim it back. And even in the fall too if you just trim out all the dead flowers, and all the dead leaves it will just encourage growth for the next year. So cranesbill is a great addition to your garden, and as I am trimming I just put the stems back into the soil in the same area, and it will start new plants that easy. You can put it right into a little cup of water, and it will grow roots. You can give them to your friends, and you can enjoy them in your garden for many years.
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