How to Snap Off Dead Leaves From Geraniums


Geraniums are popular annuals due to their beautiful blooms and relative ease of care. Removing dead leaves from geraniums will help them continue to produce healthy, vibrant blooms. It can be tempting to simply snap off the dead leaves with your fingers. However, this can cause damage to the root. Taking a few extra minutes to properly prune the geraniums will help them last longer and produce more flowers throughout the growing season.



Things You’ll Need
  • Garden scissors
    1. Check your geranium once a week for dead or dying leaves, usually the color of a light or dark brown. Note that yellow leaves are an indication that the plant needs more fertilizer, not that the leaves have died.
    2. Run your fingers down the leaf stem until you reach the point where it connects to the root.
    3. Cut the leaf away from the root with garden scissors.
    4. Discard dead leaves in the trash, on the ground or in your compost pile.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing dead leaves and flowers as soon as possible will hep your geranium produce more flowers.

  • Geraniums should be fertilized every few weeks for optimal growth.

  • Use caution when using garden scissors around young garden helpers.

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