Geranium (Pelargonium) is a versatile plant that can be planted in a flower bed, patio container or hanging basket, depending on the variety. The popular summer bloomer is available in nearly every color of the rainbow, including white, pale pink, coral, orange, red and purple. To keep the plant blooming all summer, it’s crucial that the blooms be deadheaded (pinched off) regularly. Without deadheading, the blooms will expend their energy going to seed and blooming will decrease. Spend a few minutes every week taking care of your geraniums and you’ll be rewarded with bright, healthy blooms all summer long.
If you use pruners or kitchen shears to deadhead the geraniums, clean them between plants by wiping them with a solution of one part household bleach to 10 parts water. The bleach solution will prevent bacteria from being passed between plants. Leave a few geranium blooms on the plant at the end of the blooming season if you intend to harvests seeds for planting later.