Pelargoniums are summer geraniums with showy clusters of flowers that come in white or in shades of red, orange and pink. They’re perfect container plants.
Things You’ll Need
- Bypass Pruners
- Compost Makers
- Hand Cultivators
Choosing Geranium (Pelargonium)
- Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer.
- Buy geranium (Pelargonium) in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
- Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds.
Caring for Geranium (Pelargonium)
- Cut off old stems from the previous year in early spring using bypass pruners.
- Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil; follow package directions.
- Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
- Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall.
- Cut off flower stems as they finish blooming using scissors or bypass pruners.
- Fertilize container plants monthly during spring and summer by adding fish emulsion to the water; follow directions on the package.
Planting Geranium (Pelargonium)
- Plant geranium (Pelargonium) in full sun in well-drained soil.
- Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
- Place the plants no deeper than the depth of the containers they were growing in.
Set the plants 9 to 12 inches apart.
Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
Water well until soil is completely moist.