Geraniums are one of the most common and most attractive of the spring plants used for the bed of a flower garden. They’re also one of the most forgiving plants there are, meaning that they’re a good plant to start a gardening hobby with. If you’re planning on using geraniums as the basis of your garden, there are some basics that you should know. It’s those basics that we’re going to take a look at.
Things You’ll Need
- Some geraniums, and a flower garden
- Be aware of the surrounding temperatures; geraniums are very temperature-sensitive. They do best when kept in an environment that will allow for daytime temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees, and nighttime temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees. Make sure that they are not exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees, as this can permanently damage your plants.
- Plant your geraniums in an area where they will receive full sunlight at least 6 hours per day. Planting in shade will drastically reduce the number and size of the flowers you get, even though they will still grow foliage.
- On planting, don’t plant your geraniums too deeply. Planting too deep can cause the stems to rot.
- Remove all dead or dying flower stalks. This will encourage the plant to bloom again.
- Water frequently, but don’t get leaves or stems wet.
Tips & Warnings
You can also save your geraniums for the next growing season by trimming them back, potting them, and keeping them in a sunny place indoors for the winter.
You can also start new plants from cuttings off your established plants.