Geranium Mosquito Shoo so leggy!

chueh(7B)June 26, 2010

My geranium mosquito shoo has grown very fast. Look at it. It's just one year-old, but it grows like crazy,not the way I like. I would really like it bushy but not leggy. This is supposed to be a house plant, which means that it shouldn't need so much light, right? However, anything that grows leggy must be really craving for light. What can I do? Please advice. Thanks

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Chop it off about 4" above the soil (sharp pruners or knife). It's no big deal, it will break-back all over this time of year - I promise.

Al

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 4:51PM
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chueh(7B)

Thanks. I will chop it, but how do I prevent it to grow the same leggy way in the future?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 5:28PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Chop it again.

Al

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 6:14PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If you cut it back to just a few inches tall, you'll get several new stems, When they get to be 18-24" tall, chop those stems back, and you'll get several stems appearing off of EACH of those stems. At that point, you can pick/choose the stems you want to keep (those that enhance your vision of what you want your planting to look like) and what to eliminate (those that don't). You'll quickly get the hang of it.

Al

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 6:18PM
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chueh(7B)

Thanks much

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 9:17PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

And I would totally provide it with a sunnier location.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 5:02AM
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houseplantlover(ontario/canada)

I have tons of this plant, made from one cutting. I live in Ontario and I put mine outside in full sun. This helps them get bushy. I also take lots of cuttings and put them in a hanging basket on the front porch and they are beautiful when they fill out in no time at all.
Hope this helps for your area.
Stacey

    Bookmark   June 30, 2010 at 1:08PM
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sperales3012

i bought a houseplant book recently and i kept finding a reference to "pinching". finally i found the page that specified and if you dont want to cut your plant completely off, then " pinch", or clip the end of the branches you wish to grow out rather than up. you basically cut the new, growing part of the stem and force the plant to branch out in order to get sun, instead of questing upward for it. this works for vining plants too, like English Ivy and Philodendrons

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 3:29PM
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anniemt

thanks for the info on leggy mosquito plant...one more question - WHEN should the plant be cut back? (entering fall right now in montana)....thank you for any additional help...

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:02PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If you're in Montana - for best results, let it go dry/dormant, then cut it back. Store in a cool dark place without watering, all winter long. About 1 month before last frost, repot into fresh, fast-draining soil and keep barely damp. When danger of frost has passed, move it outdoors or in front of a very bright window.

Al

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:10PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Oh lovely! Is it a scented leaf type? And just like Al says, you can chop these hard. BTW its a Pelargonium not a Geranium :)

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:35PM
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