Pruning Geraniums After Winter Dormancy

If you are one of those gardeners that just can’t let go of your favorite geranium and winter it over indoors this tip is for you.

The best time to prune your overwintered geranium is in early Spring.

Remove all of the dead and brown leaves from the geranium plant. Next trim away any unhealthy stems. Healthy geranium stems will feel firm if gently squeezed. If you would like a less woody and leggy geranium, cut back the geranium plant by 1/3, focusing on stems that have started to turn woody.

If you do not put your geraniums into dormancy for the winter and they stay green in containers year round, the best time to prune them is in late fall or just before you bring them indoors, if you plan on bringing them indoors.

Prune the geranium plant back by 1/3 to 1/2, focusing on stems that are woody or leggy.

How to Pinch Geraniums

 Pinching geraniums is a type of geranium pruning that forces the plant to grow more compact and bushy. Pinching can be done on new bedding geranium plants that you have just bought or on geraniums that have been overwintered. Geranium pinching starts in spring.

Once a stem on a geranium plant has gotten to be a few inches, using a sharp pair of scissors, or even your fingers, snip or pinch a 1/4-1/2 inch off the end of the stem. Repeat on all the stems. This will force the geranium to grow 2 new stems off the original and this is what creates the bushier, fuller plant. You can continue pinching geraniums all through spring and into summer, if you would like.

Pruning geraniums is easy and makes your geranium look healthier.

Now that you know how to prune geranium plants, you can enjoy your geraniums more.