How to Kill Budworms on Geraniums

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Geranium budworms, also known as tobacco budworms, are little caterpillars that will crawl into your unopened geranium buds and eat the contents. When the bud opens, the petals are covered in unattractive holes. Removing existing budworms and protecting against future infestations will protect your geraniums from these hungry insects. Part of the secret to protecting…


How to Identify Wild Geraniums

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The wild geranium (Geranium maculatum L.) is a common flowering perennial plant that is native to the United States. Also known as spotted geranium and cranesbill, it grows in 35 states, including all those of the eastern half of the country with the exception of Florida. Wild geranium is a showy plant, with large flowers…


How to Grow Citronella Geraniums

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Citronella geraniums, Pelargoniums crispum, are annual flowers that bloom in subdued colors of pink and lavender. They are renowned for the sharp citronella scent of their leaves when rubbed or crushed, and often are promoted as a natural mosquito repellent, although research has not verified this claim. Citronella geraniums prefer well-drained, slightly acidic garden soil…


Common Geraniums

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With their broad color palette and adaptability, geraniums are among the most popular garden flowers in the world. According to plant expert Jennifer Schultz Nelson of the University of Illinois Extension, "The genus Geranium contains over 400 species of annual, perennial, and biennial plants, originating in many temperate regions of the world." These plants are…


How to Hang Geraniums Over the Winter in a Garage

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When the weather begins to turn chilly, it’s time to consider how to deal with those plants that you’d like to save for next season. Geraniums are one plant that many gardeners hope to save, either by taking cuttings or storing them indoors over the winter. Geraniums are interesting plants in that they will go…


How to Dig Up Geraniums

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The vibrant colors and refreshing foliage of geraniums seem too vital to throw away at the end of the summer blooming season. Use several strategies to carry over your geraniums to next spring and summer. No strategy is completely foolproof, but different groups of experienced gardeners swear by each method. Dig your geraniums up carefully…


Geraniums & Ants

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Not only are geraniums attractive and long-blooming garden plants, they have some anti-pest uses that can help control your ant problem. However, it’s impractical to harvest your own flowers to repel ants. Significance Geraniums contain a substance that repels ants, known as geraniol. This substance can be used in natural pest control products to get…


What Do Wild Geraniums Look Like?

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Wild geranium, also known as spotted or wood geranium, is a perennial plant native to eastern North America. The plants inhabit floodplain and upland woodlands, woodland meadows, savannas, glades and semishaded seeps. The plant is popular due to its attractive foliage and flowers. Identification Wild geraniums grow up to 1 to 2 feet tall, with…


Brown Leaf Spots on Geraniums

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Geraniums are known as a long-lasting flower. Diseases can, however, shorten the life span of a geranium plant. Ensuring the proper cultural practices is paramount to avoiding brown spots on geranium leaves. Cause Brown spots on the leaves of geraniums are often the result of bacterial blight, often referred to as bacterial spot. The disease…


Propagating & Splitting Perennial Geraniums

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The perennial, or hardy geranium, is commonly called cranesbill geranium. The name refers to this plant’s seed head, which is in the shape of the bird’s beak. Perennial geraniums flower from late spring through early summer, producing blooms in blue and several shades of red. Hardy geraniums appear as more than 200 species of variable…


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