Geraniums are very popular flowering plants that can be used in flower
beds, in patio containers, for hanging baskets, and as houseplants. There are
four main types of annual geraniums: common or zonal geraniums, ivy geraniums,
scented-leaf varieties, and regal geraniums.
The zonal geranium requires at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day,
loose well-draining soil, and a consistent supply of fertilizer. They can go
slightly dry before watering. Old faded blooms should be removed and the stems
should be pruned back to encourage new growth and vigorous blooms. They do very
well in the summer heat.
Ivy geraniums make attractive
hanging baskets or flowering ground covers. They prefer a shadier location with
cooler temperatures than the zonal varieties.
Scented-leaf geraniums are
grown primarily for their fragrant leaves. They prefer 6-8 hours of sunlight.
geraniums have spectacular flowers. They grow and flower best under cool,
Geraniums are grown in protective
greenhouses. They need to be hardened off for a few days by gradually exposing
them to the full hot afternoon sun and drying winds.
If you are growing geraniums in containers or hanging baskets, use a good
planting medium that is porous and lightweight, yet has good water-holding
capacity like Echter's Hanging Basket & Planter Box Mix. There must be
drainage holes in the containers. Use Jack's Classic Blossom Booster with every watering (1/4 tsp per gal.). Water thoroughly when
the soil surface feels dry. Hanging baskets can dry out quickly due to the
Before planting geraniums into flower beds, amend new planting areas by
mixing 1 part Premier Pro Moss sphagnum peat
moss and/or Nature’s Yield Compost to 2 parts of existing soil. Then rake in
some Ferti-lome Flower Grower fertilizer into the top layer of soil. Add more
organic material each year. For zonal geraniums choose a sunny, well-drained
location. Fertilize regularly during the growing season to promote green
foliage and abundant and vibrant flower production.
geraniums in top form by cutting off faded blooms and pinching the long stems
occasionally for a compact, bushy shape.
Ferti-lome Root Stimulator will help
your plants start growing quicker outdoors. Gently break up the root ball when
transplanting to initiate new root production.
Geranium budworms have been a pest
in recent years. This pest will eat the geranium flower while still in bud,
resulting in damaged flowers or no flowers at all. They can be safely
controlled with Dipel spray or dust.