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Why are my geraniums growing long and lanky?

Asked by peggylou (1127points) January 15th, 2008

After making cuttings from my mother’s favorite geranium, I now have 4 plants. Two of the plants are in front of the south windows and two are in front of the west windows. I would think this would be plenty of sunlight, but all of the plants are really growing tall and thin. Is there something that I don’t understand?

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I have had great success both w. cuttings and bringing in pots from the garden. I have a lot of double-paned glass, light, sun and a S-SW exposure. There is a passive solar effect and the room stays warm. So maybe your plants have enough sun but are too close to cold glass and draughts.

Do you live in an area that gets very cold in the winter?

Also, try a severe hair-cut. I have been nursing some of my plants for years. Eventually they get too woody; I snip off the fresh tender growth, root them and toss the originals. Good luck.

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