How to Care for Geraniums
Different Kinds of Geraniums
When I think of summer flowers the first one the comes to mind are geraniums. I love geraniums. Ever since I have had a home of my own I love making large potted arrangements and/or window boxes. They would not be complete without the geraniums.
I have found in past years if I placed my pots into the garage, free from the frost they would bloom again in the Spring. Now I know that there is a reason for this.
You can store your geraniums over the winter months. Simply remove them from their pot, shake off the extra soil and wrap the roots in newspaper. Store in a dark, cool, place such as your basement or garage. Soak roots once a month and in the Spring bring them out repot with a little fertilizer and water well In just a few weeks your plant will look new again.
Another neat thing to know is you can take root cuttings of your favorite geraniums to share with friends or use somewhere else.
Simply take a nice cutting at a right angle, place in a clear glass and allow to root. You may have to change your water when it turns cloudy. As soon as you see roots you can place in good potting soil (I like to use potting soil with beads that help hold water) and water well.
Geraniums like full to partial sun, regular water ( once daily in heat of summer) otherwise allow to dry out a little between watering. They simply need a good basic flower fertilizer of 10-20-10. They do get hungry so feed about every two weeks.Deadhead(pinch off dead or dying flowers) frequently to promote new blooms. Whenever I plant new flowers I pinch of all the flowers so the roots can spend their energy taking hold of their new surrounding and not so much in making new flowers. I usually am rewarded in spades later for this. Geraniums grow to a height of 12 to 24” . I like to put them in the center of my pots next to a tall ornamental grass.
Newer versions of geraniums have been developed that do better in the summer heat of the south then previous versions. These are Precision, Fantasia and Calliope.
Different geraniums are good for pots such as Zonsl, Regal, Fancy-leaf or brocade. Ivy Geraniums are great for baskets as are Alpine that tend to grow out and down the side of the basket. Brocade are best in their own pot because of their unique beauty.
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